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Investments in the plant, that total around US$46mn, are to be split between four main shareholders. (Image source: Sohar Port and Freezone)

Oman?s Sohar Port and Freezone have recently signed a 35,000 sq m landlease agreement for a major new copper tube mill worth US$46mn at the freezone

GCC aluminium production constitutes 10 per cent of the total world production and is considered one of the key economic drivers for the Gulf region. (Image source: Pavel L/Shutterstock)

The collective output of primary aluminium by the five GCC producers ? Emirates Global Aluminium in UAE, Alba in Bahrain, Ma?aden Aluminium in Saudi Arabia, Qatalum in Qatar and Sohar Aluminium in Oman ? stood at 5.27mn tonnes in 2015

Global aluminium prices have been under pressure due to the output from China. (Image source: George Estreich/Flickr)

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has announced that its Q2 2015 output went up by 3.1 per cent, compared to the same quarter last year, despite challenging market conditions

The expansion is expected to increase Alba?s production capacity to 1.45 MT a year. (Image source: NorskHydroASA/Flickr)

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has received approval from the government to expand Line 6, cost of which could reach US$3.5bn and increase overall output of aluminium by 50 per cent

The growing demand for steel bars, pipes and tubes in the UAE is a major reason for Conares to plan an expansion of its production facility. (Image source: Roger Myer/Flickr)

Following an initial expansion budget of US$25mn, UAE-based steel company Conares is expected to invest up to an additional US$22mn in its manufacturing facility at Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)

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