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Auto giants call for more steel production

Jamshedpur, Nov. 13: The message is loud and clear. The Indian steel industry has to enhance its production.

Automobile industry experts gave this suggestion today to the Indian steel industry at the international symposium on “steel for automotive”, a prelude to the National Metallurgists’ Day celebrations beginning here tomorrow.

In his welcome speech, Tata Steel managing director and president of Indian Institute of Metals B. Muthuraman said: “No other industry has more demand for steel than the automobile sector.”

The daylong seminar of two sessions witnessed presentation of 12 technical papers by the management of top international auto companies and consultancy groups.

Presenting some of the concerns of the automotive industry, regarding the usage of steel, many speakers stressed the need for high strength steel (HSS).

HSS, an alloy of steel, reduces the brittle nature of steel and makes it more malleable and ductile. Owing to stringent safety norms and to reduce fuel costs, HSS is used to produce lighter vehicles by auto majors.

Shinchi Takeuchi, the joint managing director of Maruti Udyog Ltd, said: “We are currently importing HSS steel from Japan and Korea but are interested in localisation of these products. This will be only possible if the steel majors in India gear up to meet the demand of HSS.”

Other presentations were about the emerging technologies and novel usage of metals for better results, increasing the stiffness of the outer body and decreasing the sheet thickness to reduce weight.

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