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UAE firms present papers at forum.

Innovation, production quality and collaboration were highlighted by UAE aluminium smelters Dubai Aluminum Corporation (Dubal) and Emirates Aluminium (Emal) at a specialist forum in Tasmania, Australia. Papers delivered at the 10th Australasian Smelting Technology Conference by the UAE firms detailed inhouse research and development projects. Dubal, one of the world's largest single-site smelters, delivered four papers of which two were presented by Maryam Mohamed Al Jallaf, senior manager for process control, potrooms and cell lining. The papers were "Pushing the frontiers of anode current density at Dubal" by Ali HAM Al Zarouni, Al Jallaf and Arvind Kumar; and "'Impact of TiB2 granules on cathode wear and metal quality" by Al Jallaf, Margaret Hyland, Barry Welch and Al Zarouni. The other two Dubal papers were presented by Abdalla Al Zarouni, senior manager for technology development, namely: "Dubal high amperage cell technology from DX to DX+" by Ali HAM Al Zarouni, Abdalla Al Zarouni, Nadia Ahli, Lalit Mishra, B Kakkar, David Spencer and Michel Reverdy; and "Dubal's experience of low voltage PFC emissions" by Ali HAM Al Zarouni and Abdalla Al Zarouni. The Abu Dhabi smelter Emal, owned jointly by Dubal and Mubadala, had its representative David Spencer presenting a key research paper entitled "Commissioning of Emal Smelter" by Salman Dawood Abdulla, Walid Al Sayed, B K Kakkar and Spencer. The two firms also sponsored the welcome reception for delegates to the event. Speaking at the reception, Al Jallaf reiterated that the Dubal-Emal strategy-driven vision was to produce 2.5 million tonnes per annum by 2015. Al Jallaf highlighted that Dubal was investing both in developing new technology and upgrading existing technologies so as to maintain a competitive edge. She also underscored its capabilities in the transfer of technology using Emal Phase I to illustrate the point. Ali Al Zarouni said that this year's meeting offered a credible forum for sharing technology-related information with an international audience representing diverse stakeholder groups. "As a company, we thrive on innovation and collaboration," he stated. "Global events such as these always provide a great opportunity for us both to learn from others and share our own expertise, which in turn raises awareness of Dubal-Emal's technology-related capabilities."

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