GARMCO was set up as a joint venture between the governments of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq. The plant was constructed in Bahrain by Kaiser Engineering, USA; machinery was installed by Kobe Steel who also undertook the start-up operation and training of Bahraini staff at one of their aluminium plants in Japan.
In 1986 the plant produced 20,000 tonnes of sheets and coils in its first year of operations. By 1988 GARMCO’s sales had reached 47,000 tonnes and through major expansion in 1995, the capacity was increased from the initial rated capacity of 40,000 to 125,000 tonnes per year.
The most recent addition to GARMCO’s facilities in Bahrain was its USD 55 million Remelt and Casting project which commenced its operations in 2017. This new state-of-the-art cast house enabled GARMCO to develop its metal recycling capabilities, lower the costs involved in metal casting, and set new standards in eco-friendly production processes. It has increased GARMCO’s production capacity by 150% to 200,000 tonnes of aluminium slabs per annum.
Today with an annual production capacity of over 165,000 tonnes, it ranks as one of the region’s largest manufacturers of high quality flat rolled aluminium products that continues to set standards in innovation, operational safety and eco-friendly processes.
From its headquarters in Bahrain, GARMCO has grown to be a truly global organisation with a network of offices located in Australia, Europe, Singapore Thailand, USA and Vietnam. It has carved a formidable presence in the downstream aluminium sector as a socially responsible corporate entity that remains firmly dedicated towards adding value to production, services and customer experience.