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Hilton Mumbai International Airport


Friday, 11th December, 2015




Indian Copper Development Centre (ICDC) organized the seminar on “Future Prospects of Copper in Indian Railways” in Mumbai on 11th December, 2015. About 70 participants from various parts of the country and abroad attended the programme. They represented different units of Indian Railways, primary copper producers, downstream copper product manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, consultants, etc.


During the opening session, Mr. Indrajit Mukherjee, Metallurgist, ICDC welcomed the participants. He also highlighted the activities of the Centre and the objective of organizing the seminar.


Mr. S. Nanda, Director – Operations, Hindustan Copper Ltd., in his Inaugural Address mentioned that Railways and copper industry have a very close partnership between them as copper is the ideal material of choice in various applications of Railways. He also said that expansion and modernization of Indian Railway network has already been planned and this includes introduction of high speed trains. So, copper consumption in this sector is bound to go up. He also urged the copper industry to develop value added copper products which will act as import substitute items and our country in the near future can become a net exporter of these items other than primary copper.


Mr. Mukesh Mehta, Director, Mehta Group of Industries, delivered the Presidential Address. He complemented ICDC for its contribution to the copper industry of the country and highlighted how the Centre have bridged the gap between the manufacturers and users of copper based products during almost 50 years of its existence. He also mentioned how the copper based product manufacturers of the country should equip themselves to cater to the increasing demand of the Railways.


The opening session concluded with Vote of Thanks proposed by Dr. D. De Sarkar, CEO, Indian Copper Development Centre. He also mentioned that the copper industry should feel proud that they are catering to the Railways since steam loco days and are keen to continue the partnership in the era of sophisticated network, metro services and proposed bullet train as well.



Dignitaries sitting on the dais (L-R) : Mr. I. Mukherjee, Mr. Mukesh Mehta, Mr. S. Nanda, Dr. D. De Sarkar

Dr. P. R. Landge presenting his paper


Mr. H. G. Chandrashekar presenting his paper

Mr. Thomas Schatz presenting his paper


A view of the audience


The following papers were presented during the technical session :

·           Role of Copper Metal and Alloys in Railways

by Sanjay Sarkar, Hindalco Industries Ltd. (Unit : Birla Copper), Dahej,
(presented by Dr. P. R. Landge)


·           Copper in Railway Electrification Installations

by Shishir Nagaria, Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), Allahabad


·           Use of Copper and Copper Alloy Products on Diesel Locomotives

by R. S. Singh, Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi


·           Copper Used at CLW for Manufacture of 3 Phase Traction Motor

by Surendra Kumar, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Chittaranjan, West Bengal


·           Future Prospects of Copper Alloy in Railway Traction Application

by Hari Narayan & Arvind Koomar, Research Designs & Standards Organisation, Lucknow


·          Role of Hindustan Copper Limited in the Future Prospects of Copper in Indian Railways

by Awadhesh Kumar, H. N. Nandeesh & Subhendra Nanda, Hindustan Copper Ltd., Taloja/Kolkata
(presented by Mr. J. Bhattaryya)

·           Magnesium Copper for Overhead Electric Traction

by H. G. Chandrashekar, Copprrod Industries Pvt. Ltd., Tumakuru, Karnataka


·           CONTIROD® for Railway Applications

by Thomas Schatz, SMS Group GmbH, Germany


·           Comparison of Various Types of Copper CCR Rods and RDSO Specification

by I. Rajasekhar, Vedanta Limited (Unit : Sterlite Copper), Tuticorin


The two technical sessions were chaired by Mr. H.G. Chandrashekar and Dr. P. R. Landge respectively.


Each technical session was followed by extremely lively and interesting interactive discussions when the authors of the papers answered the various questions raised by the audience.