This has been made possible with it becoming the first company to achieve the ‘ISO/TS 16949’ certification in Qatar, announced by the certification body, Det Norske Veritas.

The ‘ISO/TS 16949:2009’ certification is a global standard for quality, awarded by the International Automotive Task Force. It defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and installation and service of automotive-related products. It is applicable to the sites of an organisation where customer-specified parts for production or service are manufactured.

“What this means to Qatalum is that we can continue our policy of economic diversification, allowing local business to tap into our high quality resource, to build value-added components in Qatar for export and local consumption, therefore furthering the downstream industrial base and increasing employment,” its CEO Tom Petter Johansen said.

Although the post-2008 economic downturn has hit many international smelters hard, especially with reduced demand for car production, he said with this certification, Qatalum’s products could go a long way in supplementing orders to automotive customers who might otherwise fall short of primary aluminium product.

“The certification is a necessary step in achieving a global position as a leading aluminium smelter and we must leverage it to further our ambitions,” Qatalum deputy CEO Khalid Mohamed Laram said, adding it was a golden opportunity for downstream industries in Qatar to take advantage of aluminium produced at Qatalum, especially those related to the construction industry.