Mr. T.V. Narendran
Managing Director, Tata Steel Limited
Rapid development of the metal and metallurgy sector is essential for the Indian economy to fuel its growth in the future. Metal & Metallurgy Expo 2017 is aimed at showcasing the inherent strength and potential of the sector thereby promoting the country in the metal and metallurgy space. This would be an ideal forum to deliberate on the partnerships and synergies that will ignite the next phase of growth for the metal and metallurgy sector
INDIA'S STRONG BASE, ROAD TO RESURGENCE!
The Indian metals and metallurgy industry has technologically evolved from being simple metal appliances to designer alloys. With the best of technologies in its possession and a rising demand from domestic users, the industry is poised for a big leap forward. The demand for ferrous and nonferrous metals is also rising with the domestic manufacturing industry recovering from slowdown. Initiatives taken by the Government of India, especially the Make in India campaign, are expected to increase infrastructure and manufacturing output, which will definitely give impetus for growth of the metal and metallurgy industry.
India's steel demand is expected to increase by 5.4 per cent in 2017 reaching 88.3 MT. Other metal manufacturers such as aluminium are embracing more and newer innovative uses of metals at home and abroad. Base metals such as nickel, tin, select brass and copper have regained positions on the back of a higher demand. Increasing demands from ISRO coupled with hiking of import duties are making things better. Clearly, the horizon for the metals and metallurgy industry is broadening.
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