SK Roy and TV Narendran brief the media in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The steel city will host hundreds of delegates from India and abroad during the 50th National Metallurgists’ Day celebrations, an annual three-day event organised by the Indian Institute of Metals.
The Calcutta headquartered Indian Institute of Metals, which boasts of over 10,000 members, organised the last edition of the event at Hyderabad.
The event will take place from November 16 to 19 at XLRI Auditorium. Though the event begins on November 14 every year to coincide with the birth anniversary of Jawahar Lal Nehru, this year the dates had to be changed because of the ongoing festive season
“Members from around the country said due to Diwali and Bhai Dooj, the programme should be pushed back to November 16. We had to reschedule dates keeping in mind the sentiments of delegates and members,” said co-chairman of the organising committee and chief (blast furnace) of Tata Steel S.K. Roy.
The National Metallurgists’ Day awards celebrations would be inaugurated on November 16 by Union steel minister Beni Prasad Verma. Secretary steel ministry, D.R.S. Choudhary and joint secretary in the steel ministry Dalip Singh will be among the 800 delegates including 200 from overseas.
The awards would be presented by Tata Steel managing director H.M. Nerurkar.
The highlight of the event will be an international symposium on ‘Converting challenges into opportunities: Iron and steel’, which will witness the participation of 28 eminent speakers.
The discussion will dwell on latest developments in technologies, efficient use of resources and prospects for metal industry and energy efficiency.
Chairperson, hospitality and registration of the organising committee, and vice-president (safety and flat products) Tata Steel, T.V. Narendran said steel and iron industries are influenced by the macroeconomic condition of developing countries and new challenges sprout before the industry which would be addressed at the symposium.
“Some of the biggest challenges facing the steel and iron industry are shifting of capacity and demand from west to eastern part of the globe and how eastern areas enhance their capacity. This apart, young technocrats are not opting for steel and iron industry in the last one decade and the symposium would find out ways to attract young talents, adapting to changing needs of customers and converting raw materials profitably into quality products and reason for Greenfield projects getting delayed,” said Narendran.
The 66th annual technical meeting would have presentations on recent advancements in the areas of equipment, products, processes, sensors and controls.