Saudi carmaker to use aluminium

Saudi Arabia National Automotive Manufacturing Company (Snam) has agreed to increase the aluminium content in vehicles it plans to produce.

The aluminium is to be supplied by Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden).

Ma’aden operates one of the world’s largest fully integrated aluminium complexes. It is supplying Jaguar Land Rover with auto sheet product from its rolling mill facility.

“We are working now to develop joint ventures with local and international companies in order to attract the expertise required to build integrated, sustainable and high tech automotive manufacturing facilities over a dedicated area in Jubail covering one million square metres,” says Fahd al-Dohish, president and CEO of Snam. “In the next few years, we plan to put Saudi Arabia on the global map of automotive manufacturing, in direct support of the goals identified in Saudi Vision 2030.”