Qatalum staff at Aluexpo 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey
Prof. Dr. Davut Karanoglu, Duputy Minister, Turkey Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology at Qatalum stand.
Qatalum’s participation in the event, which offered insight into the growing markets of Turkey and the Eurasian region, followed on the recent announcement that the smelter has started full production, and in light of Turkey becoming an increasingly important market for aluminium exporters.
&Said Tom Petter Johansen, Qatalum CEO: “Having entered a new phase, Qatalum wishes to explore various markets and opportunities and, having participated in ALUEXPO it is apparent that Turkey holds various lucrative opportunities. Not only did the event provide an excellent platform for us to meet our global counterparts, but it also enabled us to investigate new export destinations and locate potential investment projects within Turkey.”
Qatalum’s Deputy CEO, Khalid Mohamed Laram, added: “Having successfully participated in ALUEXPO, we believe that Qatalum is well placed to utilize the opportunities Turkey has to offer in various sectors.”
With a number of Turkish clients already on its books, Qatalum’s current exports to Turkey are robust with a plan for a substantial increase by the end of the year. With a production capacity of 585,000 metric tonnes per year, Qatalum is set to additionally contribute a significant portion towards GCC aluminium production. In addition, due to aluminium's excellent recyclability and the leading-edge, low environmental impact technology used by Qatalum, the smelter is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly to ever be constructed.