The commitment of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to continual improvement and standardisation has led to the accreditation of the organisation’s laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories), in the field of metallurgical testing. The certificates were presented to Abdulla Kalban (MD & CEO: EGA) by the Director of Dubai Accreditation Centre (DAC), Amina Ahmed Mohammed, last month, in the presence of EGA senior management and core implementation team members.Commenting on the accreditation, Kalban said “Currently, the standardisation of best practices is one of the key elements that brings measurable value to EGA’s operations. It reflects EGA as a strong brand by delivering consistency in quality of the products manufactured at both our operational sites, in Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah respectively. This accreditation is an important milestone for EGA’s metallurgical testing activities, as it attests to our competency levels.”Ms Amina said that EGA demonstrated effective teamwork in achieving this stringent and renowned accreditation.The process of implementing the standard’s requirements at EGA started with the EGA corporate ambition to maintain a competitive edge. ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is a quality system that is recognised internationally, and contributes directly to quality control of EGA’s products. It enhances the reliability of testing and measurement systems, processes and results as it requires adherence to demanding technical requirements. In addition, it enhances the confidence of EGA’s customers as it is one of the specifications indicated in automotive standard ISO/TS 16949 and further strengthens EGA’s quality management systems.Currently EGA’s Laboratories are in the process of evaluating the Optical Emission Analysis test for the final product. Future plans include extending the scope of accreditation to include other fields of testing such as raw materials, process materials, water, and oil.EGA is a jointly-held, equal-ownership company formed by Mubadala Development Co of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corp of Dubai by combining their respective aluminium industry interests. EGA’s core operating assets are Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), whose combined annual production capacity of 2.4 Mt/y places EGA among the top five primary aluminium producers in the world, by volume. The UAE-based EGA also owns Guinea Alumina Corp (GAC), a strategic bauxite mine and alumina refinery development project in West Africa; and is currently developing an alumina refinery in the UAE. In addition, EGA has plans for significant local growth and international expansion.DUBAL, where commissioning began in 1979, operates one of the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelters. The DUBAL complex, built on a 4.75 km2 site in Jebel Ali, Dubai, comprises a 1 Mt/y smelter, a 2,350 MW power station, a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.2 Mt/y), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities. DUBAL holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/IEC 20000-1, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 29990, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.EMAL, where commissioning began at the end of 2009, is the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelter. The EMAL complex, housed on a 6 km2 site in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, comprises a 1.3 Mt/y smelter, a 3,100 MW power station, a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.8 Mt/y), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities. EMAL holds ISO 9001, ISO 10002, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 29990, ISO14001 and ISO/TS16949 certification; as well as OHSAS 18001 certification and NEBOSH certification in Occupational Health and Safety.