Nagpur: Country’s first-ever national workshop on High value Aluminium Alloy for Defence, Aero, Railways & Auto sector was inaugurated today at the Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), Nagpur, by Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD of NALCO & Chairman of Aluminium Association of India.
In his address as the chief guest at the inaugural session of the seminar on Development of Aluminium Alloys and Downstream products for Defence, Aerospace and other Strategic Applications, Dr Chand stressed on the fact that the viability of Indian Aluminium Industry critically hinges on its reach at the high end aluminium value chain. He further stated that in next ten years the requirement of high strength aluminium alloy will increase by fivefold. Besides, introduction of T-20 high speed train by railways, metro trains, Electric vehicles, Smart cities, rural electrifications will spur up the aluminium demand in the country, he added.
Dr Chand also highlighted about the upcoming Aluminium Park near NALCO’s Smelter Plant, at Angul, which will be the cradle ground for different kinds of downstream industries apart from manufacturing value added products. Worth mentioning that the Aluminium Park is being jointly set up by NALCO & Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), Govt of Odisha. It may be noted that out of 3000 applications of aluminium worldwide, the use of aluminium applications in India is confined to a meagre 10%.
The two-day seminar is being organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), Nagpur, an autonomous body under ministry of mines, Govt. of India.
Among others, Dr. Anupam Agnihotri, Director, JNARDDC, also spoke on the occasion and stressed on the importance of R&D activities on various applications of Aluminium alloys in different sectors.
The inaugural session was attended by delegates from IIT Mumbai, DMRL, IIT Bhubaneswar, ARAI, NCAIR, VDIH, HAL, DMSRDE, NALCO, AAI, BALCO, VEDANTA, HINDALCO IDCO, IPICOL, Jindal Aluminium Limited Minex and other associated institutions and industries.