UAE-based integrated steel plant, Emirates Steel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Khalifa University of Science and Technology to organize and promote the Research and Development (R&D) activities.
The MoU contains the introduction of joint research initiatives, the implementation of scientific and educational training and development programs, and the provision of technical consultations and internships at the Emirates Steel for students from the university.
Under the MoU, the parties will form a Scientific Committee to identify and agree on future funded research programs relevant to Emirates Steel’s core sector, mainly in slag utilization in agriculture or construction, recovery of CO2 from flue gases, rebar discoloration problem, and cybersecurity issues.
“Concluding this fundamental MoU with Khalifa University, the prominent academic institution, which is well-known for its specialized research environment, is a new step on our way to shape the future and find innovative solutions that boost the performance of the industrial sector by cooperating with such distinguished educational institutions. This collaboration in research projects reflects our substantial commitment to placing innovation at the heart of everything we do, ensuring that our company can grow and realize its full potential in this challenging business environment. This is aligned with our endeavors to instill a research culture across the organization, and engage young minds at an early stage so that they can dive into one of the core industries in the UAE where they can build their future career.”
Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, EVP of Khalifa University of Science and Technology said, “As a research-intensive university, we are delighted to enter into this collaboration with Emirates Steel and support their specialized production facilities. With our research strength and expertise, we will be able to support the emergence of new technologies that will facilitate some of the operational areas to bring in production efficiency. We believe the MoU will not only lead to mutual benefits to both partners but will also raise the profile of the UAE as a leading hub for research in steel-related technologies.”
Recently, Emirates Steel has established a Scientific Committee to support the R&D activities across the organization and reinforce partnerships that support expanding Emirates Steel’s innovation aspirations.
Established in 1998, Emirates Steel is a leading integrated steel manufacturer in the Middle East region. It supplies the domestic and international markets with high-quality finished products including wire rods, rebars, heavy sections, and sheet piles. The company is the first steelmaker in the world to capture its CO2 emissions, with the possible exception of some North American manufacturers.