Automotive Sheet Knowledge Transfer at Ma’aden Aluminium

Background

Ma’aden was formed by Royal decree in 1997 to facilitate the development of Saudi Arabia’s mineral resources and was originally wholly owned by the Saudi Government before 50% of its shares were floated on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in 2008.

Ma’aden’s $10.8 billion joint venture with Alcoa, Ma’a’den Aluminium, will be the largest and most efficient vertically integrated aluminium complex in the world.

Ma’aden Aluminium used our Automotive Sheet Knowledge Transfer & Training Package to assist with the commissioning and start-up of their new rolling mill in Saudi Arabia.

How we were involved

Innoval has decades of experience in the field of automotive sheet and extrusions, with the direct participation by our staff in the development and industrialisation of much of the technology in use today.

Recognising that the production of automotive sheet may be a new venture for many aluminium companies, we have created a package that gives clients access to our decades of experience, so that they can produce world-class product as quickly as possible. It is made up of two parts:

Automotive Sheet Knowledge Map (K-Map)

A K-Map holds a wealth of information that is easily accessible. It is a software product consisting of a matrix which explores the relationship between process stages and product attributes. We create a K-Map specific to the client’s process route and we populate it with our knowledge of automotive sheet production, including quality checks and specifications. Because each K-Map is unique to the client, it will also contain detailed information about their equipment and processing parameters.

3 day Automotive Sheet Training Course

This 3-day training course goes hand-in-hand with the K-Map. It serves as an introduction to automotive sheet manufacture for companies who are new to this product. A typical agenda is shown in the link below.

Services Involved

Automotive Sheet Knowledge Transfer & Training Package

Automotive Lightweighting

K-Maps

This case study appears as an article in the 20014/15 edition of ‘innform’; the newsletter of Innoval Technology.

 

Helen Forrest

Helen’s areas of expertise are in the tools and techniques of Lean Manufacturing, knowledge management and marketing communications.

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