The two companies behind the Ras Al Khair facility – The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) and Alcoa – ‘broke ground’ on their expansion plans yesterday.

Khalid Al Mudaifer, president and CEO of Ma’aden, might have been alluding to Jaguar Land Rover and its recent decision to eventually open a production plant in Saudi Arabia when he said that the Ma’aden project ‘has the vote of confidence from one of the most prestigious manufacturers in the global automotive industry’.