NALCO to dedicate to Nation 3 projects by Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Narendra Singh Tomar 

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Bhubaneswar:  NALCO, the Navratna CPSE has declared 2018 as the year of happiness for the shareholders. employees, contract employees, peripheral villages and other stakeholders. The CMD of the company, Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand said this while interacting with media persons on the backdrop of excellent performance of NALCO in the year 2017. “During last two years or more, NALCO has taken many initiatives in this direction and today NALCO has become a household name in Odisha. a blue chip company in India and a company to watch abroad. NALCO’s focus on 3D – Dedication, Determination and Discipline have made the company a collective acclaimed all across the industries.In his address, Dr. Chand highlighted the significant performance of NALCO in the year 2017:• 100% capacity utilization of Bauxite Mines• Achievement of 100% normative capacity of Alumina Refinery• Recognition as the lowest cost producer of Alumina for 2016 & 2017 by Wood Mackenzie.• Commissioning of first-of-its kind Detluoridation plant in the World using Nano based Emrion technology• Addition of a new value added product AA 3105 Alloy Fan Blade stockIn terms of financial results, there is a 94% growth in net profits in 2nd Quarter of 2017-18 and Net sales turnover has jumped 30% to Rs.4179 crore in first half 2017-18 from Rs.3224 crore of previous year, with net profit registering 42% growth. Also, the share price of NALCO has gone up by 31.7% during the calendar year.In post-GST implementation w.e.f. 01.07.2017, NALCO’s net gain was around Rs. 100 crore due to rationalization of taxes, which the company has graciously passed on to customers in terms of Rs.3000/- discount per ton of aluminium. Fortuitously, alumina & aluminium market have shown shines of firming up, particularly NALCO’s strong alumina arm has leveraged the market by going for sale through global spot tenders. This combined with 100% production in Mines & Refinery (alumina segment) and production optimisation in aluminium smelter have helped NALCO in registering robust growth in profit.In the ensuing Foundation Day scheduled on 4th and 5th January 2018, the company will dedicate three projectsWith a view to ensuring growth with profitability and sustainability, NALCO has introduced an all-weather New Business Model involving expansion, value addition, cost reduction and others. In the upcoming Foundation Day Celebration, the company will dedicate to the Nation the following three projects:1. South Block Bauxite Mines, Panchpatmali, Odisha2. 18.5 MW Turbo Generator at Alumina Refinery, Damanjodi3. Nano Technology based Defluoridation Plant at Smelter, Angel
Besides, the company will sign MoU with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in presence of Hon.ble Minister of Skill Development Shri Dharmendra Pradhan to set up a centre of excellence ‘Institute of Skill Development’, which will impart training to the employable youth to make them industry-ready.In the Foundation Day Programme, NALCO will also demonstrate its commitment for promoting cultural excellence of Odisha by giving recognition and Lifetime Achievement award to Shri Prafulla Kar, legendary singer of Odisha and special felicitation to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the living legend in music world. The Foundation Day Celebration on 5th January will be held in Nalco Nagar from 2.30 pm onwards, with musical performances by noted singer Anuradha Paudwal, Sarrika Singh and Mahaprasad Kar. The programme Nvill start with Odissi Invocation Dance.

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