DUBAL selects Tejari

Tejari.com, the Middle East online marketplace, announced today that Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL), one of the world's largest aluminium smelters has joined its trading community to secure more competitive pricing on back-office supplies.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  January 25, 2004

Tejari.com, the Middle East online marketplace, announced today that Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL), the largest single site aluminium smelter in the Western world, has joined its trading community to secure more competitive pricing on back-office supplies such as IT equipment, stationery and furniture. DUBAL, which produces more than 560,000 metric tonnes of aluminium per year, will utilise the Tejari trading platform to source a diverse range of products and integrate its buying strategy across its different groups, thus widening its supplier base and streamlining existing relationships. The company claims to have one of the region’s most rigorously audited supply chains, in addition to being the largest containerised cargo shipper out of Dubai. Hence, a minimal reduction in the paperwork, time, and administration required by its current procurement processes could result in related cost savings. According to DUBAL, the three-year old online market place was chosen for it’s inherent stability to support more than 2000 current members for their online procurement needs. “Because of the breadth of the supply chain involved, analysts have determined that manufacturing is one of the industry sectors most likely to benefit from online procurement initiatives,” says Mohammed Al-Ghurair, managing director, DUBAL. With 3000 employees and more than 229 customers across 42 countries worldwide, it’s key markets are the Far East, Europe, the ASEAN region, the Middle East and Mediterranean region, and North America. “Reducing operational costs is one of the key ways that DUBAL can pass savings along to our customers while reinvesting in our organisation. We’re convinced that online procurement will result in time and cost savings,” says Abdulla J.M. Kalban, director of operations at DUBAL. Given the diversity of its business interests, from power generation and water desalination to research and development, DUBAL plans to invest significantly in the IT infrastructure and administrative inventory needed to support its growing lines of business. “DUBAL’s migration to online procurement furthers both of these objectives, enabling the smelting leader to both enhance its trading partnerships with existing and new suppliers, while significantly reducing the time and effort required to meet its office inventory needs,” says said Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi, Tejari’s CEO.

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