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EGA’s CelestiAL solar aluminium to head for the stars with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

The company joins with Gulf Extrusions and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.

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May 17 2023
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Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, announced that EGA’sCelestiAL solar aluminium will be blasted into space through a partnership with Gulf Extrusions and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

EGA’s metal has been formed in Jebel Ali into parts for MBRSC’s MBZ-SAT, the region’s most advanced commercial satellite in the field of high-resolution satellite imagery, which is due to be launched in 2024.

The partnership is a space sector milestone for Make it in the Emirates, supporting the UAE’s Operation 300bn ambition to more than double the size of the industrial sector by 2031, and for the UAE’s goal of being a leader in space exploration.

The first fully UAE-made parts have already been delivered to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre at Al Khawaneej in Dubai.

H.E. Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said: “At MBRSC, our mission is not only to explore the vast potential of space but also to drive the diversification of the UAE's economy. We recognise the immense value of joining forces with diverse partners to leverage their unique expertise and capabilities. By forging strategic partnerships with innovative entities such as Emirates Global Aluminium and Gulf Extrusions, we are able to expand the horizons of the UAE's space sector. Together, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and fuelling the growth of this vital industry.”

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said: “At EGA, we have been making it in the Emirates since 1979. We are proud to now provide CelestiAL solar aluminium, together with Gulf Extrusions, to another UAE champion which will use it to reach beyond the sky on behalf of our nation. Aluminium is an essential material for modern life, including space travel, and the UAE’s production through EGA is a global contribution to human progress.”

Omar Shegem, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Extrusions, said: “Our parts, made in the UAE with EGA’s aluminium, are already found in everything from cars to skyscrapers around the world. We are now honoured that our work will leave the Earth’s atmosphere for the first time as part of MBZ-SAT. Together we are making it in the Emirates for the world and beyond.”