Ranchi, Oct. 6: Land, water, energy, environment and sustainable development — these were the five real “challenges” that the steel industry faced.
This and more came out of a three-day international conference on rolling and finishing technology of steel that concluded in Ranchi today.
The event, christened Rafts-2012, saw more than 300 delegates participating in it and presenting around 90 papers during its course. K.K. Mehrotra, CMD of Mecon Limited, was the chief guest on the last day. “We aim to produce 200 million tonnes of steel per year by the year 2020. For that we will need to try out latest technology and import substitutes,” Mehrotra said.
“Conferences like this helps us get to know about the latest innovations. It gives us a chance to interact with experts from across the globe and share experiences,” said S.K. Mohapatra, chief of corporate communication of SAIL’s research and development centre of iron and steel.
number of papers, on varied topics like innovative solutions available in key areas such as roll manufacturing, quality improvement of rolled products, automation in rolling mills, were also presented during the event.
“China has experienced massive expansion in its steel sector in the last decade or so. India is now experiencing it. They should also look into the quality of engineers working in the steel plants, in terms of their age, experience and competence,” observed Steeven J. Preece, an expert from the UK.