Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba) saw sales volumes increase in the
second quarter after a strong production performance in the
first half of the year.
Alba sold 234,891
tonnes of aluminum in the second quarter, up 7 percent from the
first quarter and 1.6 percent higher year on year.
sales figures continued to gain momentum, thanks to the
implementation of a focused marketing strategy on the back of
enhanced productivity," chief executive officer Tim Murray said
in a statement.
aluminum production for the quarter totaled 225,313 tonnes,
about 1 percent lower than the previous quarter and 1 percent
higher year on year. That put first-half production at 452,727
tonnes, up 2.1 percent from 443,533 tonnes in the same 2012
The share of
value-added products in Albas figures for the first half
of the year was 66 percent. Alba is targeting a value-added
product share of 70 percent of sales.
Alba sells about 70
percent of its production in the Middle East, with about 16
percent going into Asian markets and slightly more than 10
percent in Europe. The remainder goes to North America.
Murray told delegates
at AMMs Aluminum Summit in New York last month
that the company could cut volumes sold in the Middle East so
it could boost volumes sold into North America (
amm.com, June 21).
A version of this
article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal