Editor's Note

Dear Readers,

Being one of the major global suppliers in the specialty alumina sector, Hindalco has been efficiently working on developing new products and applications for its customers. Saurabh Khedekar, CEO of Specialty Aluminas & Chemicals, Hindalco, talks about this aspect in an interview with Iron & Steel Review, excerpts of which have been shared in the October newsletter.

The newsletter also provides a sketch of the performance of the Indian steel industry during August 2022.

In another instance, leading Indian steelmaker Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur Steel Plant has become the country’s first to receive the ResponsibleSteel Certification. Also, the world’s leading technology supplier Danieli Corus will replace a German-based steel producer’s converter #1. Read the October newsletter and get updated.

Santosh Mahanti, Editor & CMD


Alumina Solutions for a Greener, Stronger, Smarter Future

The specialty alumina business of Hindalco is one of the few fully integrated global producers of calcined alumina and aluminium hydroxides for non-metallurgical applications. The following is an edited excerpt from the interview with Saurabh Khedekar, CEO of Specialty Aluminas & Chemicals, Hindalco, which appears in Iron & Steel Review’s October issue. Edited excerpts:

Hindalco is a global leader in the aluminium industry based in India. Could you please share a brief introduction of Hindalco specialty alumina business and what key factors are contributing to your big success?

Hindalco is a metals flagship company of Aditya Birla Group, a US$ 60 Billion conglomerate. Hindalco has three major business divisions, namely aluminium, copper and specialty alumina chemicals. Hindalco’s specialty alumina business is one of the few fully integrated producers globally of calcined alumina and aluminium hydroxides for non-metallurgical applications. We have our own captive bauxite mines and Bayer’s circuit. This, as a backward integration, allows us better control of air quality, environmental footprint and costs. Moreover, our initiatives in sustainability render ourselves the most sustainable aluminium company in the world for two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021, as certified by DJSI.

Hindalco is one of the major global suppliers in the specialty alumina sector; how do you ensure an innovative product portfolio meeting your customer’s demand?

Hindalco has varied product segments, which range from calcined to sub-micron alumina; normal soda to ultra-low soda alumina; monomodal to multimodal alumina; and coarse to fine aluminium hydroxides, which are used in diverse applications such as ceramics, refractories, glass, polishing, flame retardants and water treatment products. To support the development and requirement of these industries, Hindalco has a dedicated R&D facility, Hindalco Innovation Centre – Alumina (HIC-A), which works on new products and application development and provides customised solutions as per the customer’s process.

Recently, our in-house R&D has successfully developed technology for producing ultra-fine precipitated alumina hydrate, which is widely used as a flame retardant in polymer compounds. Active research is in progress for producing new-generation aluminas like spherical alumina, sub-micron reactive alumina and spray-dried alumina for evolving applications like thermal interface materials, high-end ceramics and refractories.

For state-of-the-art technologies to venture into new fields battery separator and high-purity applications, our group R&D centre (ABSTC), Aditya Birla Science and Technology Centre, supports us in this endeavour. 4N and 5N alumina technologies are being developed with their support.

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Iron & Steel Performance for August 2022

The Ministry of Steel has constituted two Advisory Committees under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Steel Minister (HSM), one each for the Integrated Steel Plants (ISP) and the Secondary Steel Sector. Eminent members of the steel industry, associations, academia and senior retired officials from the government are members of the Committees. These Committees take cognizance of the issues being faced by the sector and deliberate on the ways and means to mitigate them so as to achieve a targeted Crude Steel production capacity of 300 Million Tonnes by 2030-31, as envisaged in the National Steel Policy 2017. Three meetings of the Advisory Committee on ISPs and two meetings of the Advisory Committee on the secondary steel sector were held during the month in which various issues being faced by the steel industry were discussed.

Production and Consumption Scenario

Crude steel output reported a 1.9% growth in August 2022 over July 2022. During the month under review, production and consumption of finished steel increased by 2.1% and 3.0%, respectively, over July 2022.

Export-Import Scenario

During August 2022, exports of finished steel were up by 19.5%, while imports went down by 0.5% from July 2022. India became a net exporter of finished steel again in August 2022, after turning a net importer in the previous month, with a net trade surplus of 0.12 Lakh Metric Tonnes.

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Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur Steel Plant becomes India’s First to Achieve ResponsibleSteel Certification

Tata Steel placed India on the global decarbonisation and sustainability map with three of its production facilities in Jamshedpur receiving the coveted ResponsibleSteel Certification.

The company’s Steel Works, Tubes Division and Cold Rolling Mill (Bara) in Jamshedpur have joined an exclusive group of steel producing sites worldwide to receive the ResponsibleSteel Certification, which also includes some of the other renowned steel manufacturers in the world.

T. V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, said, “This is a historic moment for Tata Steel and an important step in our sustainability journey. Globally, the steel industry is at a critical juncture and the larger impact of how we produce and consume steel needs to be addressed urgently. For Tata Steel, this has always been a very important part of our journey from when we first produced steel in Jamshedpur in 1912. We are honoured to receive the ResponsibleSteel Certification for three of our facilities and will work towards achieving this recognition for all our production sites. I thank the ResponsibleSteel team, the auditors, the assurance panel and the team at Tata Steel for their efforts in making this possible.”

Annie Heaton, CEO, ResponsibleSteel, said, “We warmly congratulate Tata Steel on this incredible achievement. Tata has demonstrated vision, commitment, and investment and has worked incredibly hard to achieve ResponsibleSteel certification for its Jamshedpur site, the first Tata Steel site to be certified and the first ResponsibleSteel certification in India. It isn’t enough to only focus on reduced carbon emissions. Certified sites must also ensure that they are fully aligned with other sustainability objectives in the Standard, for example, ensuring good water stewardship, creating a healthy and safe workplace, safeguarding labour rights, and engaging with local communities and other stakeholders. This is a momentous achievement for Tata Steel and everyone involved.”

Danieli Corus to Replace a Converter for AG der Dillinger Hüttenwerke

AG der Dillinger Hüttenwerke has awarded Danieli Corus a contract for the replacement of converter #1 at its integrated works in Dillingen, Germany.

The new converter will have a 200-t tapping weight and will be designed to meet the client’s objective to continue high-performance steelmaking operations over a long and safe campaign.

The converter vessel will be equipped with a detachable bottom, and the suspension design will rely on vertical “Lamella” type elements and the patented horizontal “Daniella” suspension design.

This is an EPC project, and the commissioning of the new BOF is expected by the end of 2023.

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