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SAIL head sees more growth in steel sector

- 3-day international conference kicks off

An indigenous warship that is almost wholly made of steel supplied by Steel Authority of India Limited.

This and more were disclosed by S.S. Mohanty, director (technical) of SAIL during his inaugural speech at SimPro-12, a three-day international conference on Thermo-mechanical simulation and processing, that kicked off at the steel giant’s Research and Development Centre for Iron and Steel in Ranchi on Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering, that saw the presence of well known material scientists John J. Jonas (Canada), Malcom Gray and Robert J. Glodowski (both US), Mohanty said the steel industry in the country was growing. But he claimed that the per capita consumption of steel in India — 57kg in urban and 10kg in rural areas — was much lower than the world figure of 200kg and would see further growth in the future.

“We are coming out with new products every month and half of these are being commercialised. Credit should be given to the research and development centre of SAIL for this,” he said.

He added that though only a meagre 0.2-0.3 per cent of SAIL’s total budget was at present being diverted for research and development, the research expenditure was likely to become 1 per cent in the coming days, that will roughly amount to Rs 500 crore or more.

The conference is being jointly organised by RDCIS, The Minerals Metals and Materials Society of US and Ranchi chapter of Indian Institute of Metal and Indian Computer Society. More than 200 delegates from across the country and abroad are scheduled to attend it during the course of three days.

Besides inaugural, plenary and valedictory sessions, the conference is scheduled to host have 11 technical sessions in which 80 papers will be presented by experts.


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