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Emirates Global Aluminium launches digital manufacturing platform to advance Industry 4.0 strategy

Emirates Global Aluminium launches digital manufacturing platform to advance Industry 4.0 strategy
15 May 2024 16:10


Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, on Wednesday announced the launch of one of the first digital manufacturing platforms in the region to unlock additional value through Industry 4.0 applications.

EGA developed the digital manufacturing platform with Microsoft as part of a strategic collaboration to progress EGA’s Digital Roadmap.

The platform enables the integration of hardware, software, processes, and people throughout EGA’s global operations.

It was built using the latest generation of Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud, to use artificial intelligence at a significant scale across EGA’s global industrial operations, including Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah, to further improve industrial process efficiency, quality and safety.

The hybrid infrastructure deploys digital architecture previously used in many defence and space projects, while combining the advantages of public and on-premises hybrid cloud processing.

This digital manufacturing platform will enable EGA to reduce the unit cost of running artificial intelligence-based image and video analytics by more than 80 percent, while increasing speeds as much as 13 times compared to EGA’s previous solution.

Additionally, it currently processes over 2.9 petabytes of real-time data annually, which is equivalent to streaming over 32,000 movies at 4K resolution, and will be regularly expanded in future.

Chief Executive Officer of EGA, Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, said, “EGA’s bold aspiration is to become a digital lighthouse for the region and the global aluminium industry, because we see enormous potential to unlock additional value for our business through Industry 4.0. The digital manufacturing platform, developed in collaboration with Microsoft, transforms our operations by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence at scale, while unlocking significant opportunities for further Industry 4.0 applications.”

Chief Digital Officer of EGA, Carlo K Nizam, stated, “EGA’s digital transformation strategy has two parallel tracks to fundamentally transform how we operate – implementing high-impact digital solutions for immediate business impact, and building important digital foundations to enable company-wide transformation. The digital manufacturing platform is one of these key foundations.”

General Manager and Partner Architect at Microsoft Azure, Christoph Berlin, said, “Today’s announcement marks a key milestone in our strategic collaboration with EGA, a company which is a leader in the application of Industry 4.0 in the Middle East. Their new digital manufacturing platform, created in collaboration with Microsoft, is a great example of using Microsoft’s Adaptive Cloud Framework to fundamentally rethink and modernise OT in a cloud-first era to embrace modern capabilities such as Generative AI. We look forward to our continued collaboration with EGA.”

Earlier this year, EGA announced the groundbreaking for the region’s first 100 percent renewable energy powered industrial data centres at its Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah sites.

The digital manufacturing platform will be hosted on EGA’s data centres in the future.

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