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their prestigious construction projects.” OSE Industries, through its innovative products, is looking to shake up two globally significant industries: automotive and cooling. It is doing this by increasing awareness to the benefits of replacing copper in certain extruded products with aluminium. “The main technical comparison between copper and aluminium is that when copper tubes with aluminium fins for the condenser coils are used, galvanic corrosion can occur; however, when using aluminium tubes with aluminium fins this does not occur with the use of a technology called parallel-flow condenser. Whereas with the copper there is opposition in the direction of the refrigerant – the gas for cooling – because of the way it is built; with aluminium, the gas flows in parallel, making it more efficient with the absence of resistance to the gas flow,” explained Samoul. “Another separate but important comparison is that when you are filling the refrigerant into the aluminium (microchannel system), you are saving around 35-to70% of the refrigerant, which is an ozone contaminant. Technical aspects aside, aluminium is more attractive than copper from a pricing perspective. Not only is
aluminium currently cheaper than copper, but the price of the copper fluctuates more. In addition, the availability of copper is quite small in comparison to aluminium,” he said. Even service providers are innovating to service their smelting and downstream clients. Turk Mechanical Industries (TMI) is one such company. Based in Bahrain, TMI specialises in the fabrication and manufacture of consumable parts for the aluminium industry and has achieved penetration across the GCC smelting market. While TMI does not have a research and development department it has developed its own technology through trial and error and client cooperation. Khalid Turk, director of Turk Mechanical Industries (TMI) and CEO of Turk Heavy Transport (THT), provided an example: “TMI designed, casted and supplied tapping tubes for passing molten metal aluminium with a special composition using Alba’s feedback to improve the product. The product has a longer life and is, therefore, more economical for Alba. TMI’s focus is to assure that the parts supplied are comparable or better than what foreign competition produces.” Another Bahraini service provider, TAHA International Corporation (TAHA),
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has innovated to provide an alternative method to traditional and commonly used forms of dross recycling. TAHA has patented a two-stage process that requires neither extra energy nor salt, yielding no toxic material by-product. “TAHA’s onsite operation avoids the need to reheat the dross,” explained Frank Pollman, CEO of TAHA, “and, due to this rapid, low-energy process, up to 90% of available metal in the dross can be recovered in the first stage and can be returned immediately to the original furnace without further alloying. The second stage recovers virtually all of the remaining aluminium in the dross through a meticulous mechanical separation process that includes the use of a non-ferrous metal separator. This recovered metal is collected, remelted and sold or returned to the cast house, completing the recycling process. Separately, the residual oxides can be used in a variety of downstream product applications furthering TAHA’s zero waste solution.” What is important to note about these innovations is that they are not limited to one country or another. These products and services are being invented and designed in the GCC and are being shared with the world.
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