Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates, and Microsoft UAE have collaborated on Industry 4.0 and broader digital transformation.
The association is aimed at establishing global best practices for the aluminum industry while improving the sustainability of EGA’s computing operations. Under the agreement, both companies will work together to progress the digital roadmap of EGA through digital capabilities such as artificial intelligence and big data.
Microsoft and EGA will leverage the power of cloud computing to accelerate and scale the development of new digital solutions while shifting a third of EGA’s server infrastructure and applications to Microsoft Azure Cloud.
A private Microsoft Azure Cloud will also be developed by EGA at its sites to unlock opportunities to deploy data-heavy and time-sensitive artificial intelligence and automation solutions within the company’s industrial operations.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said: “We are already transforming EGA’s operations, business and employee experience through Industry 4.0 and our broader digital transformation. Our collaboration with Microsoft will enable us to further accelerate, scale, and sustain this work as a digital lighthouse for the region and our industry.”
Carlo K. Nizam, Chief Digital Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said: “Deploying EGA’s and Microsoft’s talent, muscle and technology together will allow us to develop the most advanced digital capabilities and hybrid cloud platform in the aluminum industry. At the same time, we will improve the environmental sustainability of EGA’s computing infrastructure and benefit from seamless security and operations of both our public and private cloud assets."
Naim Yazbeck, General Manager at Microsoft UAE, said: “We are proud to partner with EGA, the largest ‘premium aluminum’ producer in the world, to accelerate their Industry 4.0 transformation while also pioneering further improvements in Microsoft’s own cloud for manufacturing services. I look forward to further collaborations between EGA and Microsoft in the future, both locally and globally.”