Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA)

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) consistently ranks as one of the largest and most modern aluminium smelters in the world. Known for its technological strength and innovative policies, Alba enforces strict environmental guidelines, maintains high track record for safety, and is widely regarded as one of the top ten performers on a global scale.

It supports numerous community oriented programmes and social activities that have underlined its status as one of Bahrain's leading industrial organisations that remains committed towards upholding its corporate social responsibilities.

Alba's inception marks the beginning of Bahrain's strategy to diversify its economic base and reduce its dependence on oil. The aim was to establish an industry that would provide valuable export earnings, develop the country's resources and create training and employment opportunities for a large number of Bahrainis. Alba was therefore incorporated by Charter in 1968 and officially commenced operations in 1971 as a 120,000 tonnes per annum smelter.

Alba today produces more than 870,000 metric tonnes per annum of the highest grade aluminium, with products including standard and T-ingots, extrusion billets, rolling slab, propertzi ingots, and molten aluminium. Around 45 per cent of output is supplied to Bahrain's downstream aluminium industry, with the rest exported to regional and international customers in the Middle East, Europe, Far East, South East Asia, Africa, and North America.

The Alba plant comprises five reduction lines, three cast houses, a dedicated carbon plant, a 600,000 mtpa coke calcining plant, a water desalination plant, 11 fume treatment plants, a marine terminal, and a 2,200 MW power plant, consisting of 4 power stations. The plant also features a 10 hectare 'green' oasis, with more than 4,000 trees and shrubs, a fruit and vegetable garden, and an artificial lake.

Alba's early success established a blueprint for other non-oil industries to follow, including a thriving downstream aluminium industry. Today, Alba is a major contributor to the social, industrial and economic development of the Kingdom of Bahrain, employing over 3,000 people, of whom around 90 per cent are Bahrainis.

The entire plant operates to the Environmental Management System standard ISO 9001:2000 and the Casthouses and Marketing are also operating to the ISO 9002 Quality Management System. Recently, Alba Casthouse was upgraded to the 2008 version of ISO 9001, enabling Alba to be the first metals manufacturing company in Bahrain to receive this major upgrade.

The company has won a number of awards including the inaugural Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Industrial Excellence, the International Millennium Business Award for Environmental Achievement from the United Nations, safety awards from the British Safety Council and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and a GCC-wide award for human resources development and nationalisation of the workforce.

The shareholders of Alba are Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (69.38%), SABIC Investment Company (20.62%) and public (10%).