Last Update: 21/05/2012 11:04:26
United Arab Emirates’ sole producer of cold rolled and galvanized coil, Al Ghurair Iron & Steel, plans to commission its new hot-dip galvanizing line by the end of 2013 as part of its phase II expansion that will double current HDG capacity, company chief executive Abu Bucker Husain told Platts Steel Business Briefing. The firm intends to place an order with a technology supplier by October. Once brought on line, the new equipment will raise Al Ghurair’s HDG capacity from 200,000 to 400,000 tonnes/year, bringing it in line with the firm’s current cold rolling and pickling production capability. Although its CR and pickling lines have a design capacity of 250,000 t/y and 350,000 t/y respectively, the company has been able to achieve much higher output in the past, Husain said. Al Ghurair also has a cut-to-length unit with 75,000 t/y capacity, and a cold rolled shearing unit with 100,000 t/y capacity at its plant at Musaffah, Abu Dhabi. Hot rolled coil feedstock is sourced from affiliate Nippon Steel, which has supplied Al Ghurair with 40% - or 40,000t - of its bookings so far this year, as well as from Australia and India. Demand for CR and galvanized coil in the company’s sales markets of the Gulf Cooperation Council and wider Middle East and North Africa region has recently weakened in the run-up to the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which begins in July; however, regional demand on a macroeconomic level is positive, Husain observed.
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