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Hilton Mumbai International Airport



12th March, 2015





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The seminar on “Market Opportunities for Brass – Rolled, Extruded & Drawn Products” was orgnaised by Indian Copper Development Centre (ICDC) in Mumbai on 12th March, 2015. About 60 participants from various parts of the country attended the programme. They represented manufacturers and users of various types of brass products in the form of sheet, strip, rod, sections, tubes, wires, etc., equipment manufacturers, as well as organization providing online business support to the non-ferrous industries.


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. Sanjai Wakhaloo, Additional General Manager, Ordnance Factory, Ambarnath, was the Special Guest in the seminar. In his address, he mentioned that copper and its alloys play a significant role in manufacturing equipment for defence application. Therefore the copper industry and defence production units should interact closely to identify the common objective.


Dr. D. De Sarkar, Chief Executive Officer, ICDC proposed the Vote of Thanks. He mentioned how brass remained the most important copper alloy for centuries. He added that the pioneering position of India in brass manufacture in order days was lost subsequently due to rapid industrialization in the western world. But today the brass semis manufacturing industry in the country have adopted latest technologies and are keen to manufacture newer products catering to all end use segment. They are also ready to face global competition. He also suggested the end users not to replace brass or other copper alloys solely on the basis of cost consideration. They should give preference to the concept of “Life Time Cost” and not to “First Cost”, and in that case he was confident that copper and its alloys like brass will score much higher than the likely substitutes.



Dignitaries sitting on the dais (L-R) : Mr. Indrajit Mukherjee, Mr. D. K. Jain, Mr. Sanjai Wakhaloo, Dr. D. De Sarkar


Mr. Sanjai Wakhaloo delivering his address


Mr. Rajeev Solanki of L&T Ltd., presenting his paper

Mr. Bharat Arora of BHEL, Bhopal, presenting his paper


Mr. G. V. Badge of Ordnance Factory, Ambarnath, presenting his paper


Mr. Suneel Mardia of MTLEXS, presenting his paper


Mr. Deepak Desai of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., presenting his paper


Mr. V. Surya Prasad of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., presenting his paper


Mr. T. S. Mukherjee, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., presenting his paper


One of the interactive sessions in progress


Panel Discussion in progress


A view of the audience


Another view of the audience.


The following papers were presented during the technical session :

·           Usage of Brass Materials in Switchgears

by Sushil Jena and Rajeev A. Solanki, Larsen & Toubro Ltd. Mumbai


·           Copper and Its Alloys in Rotating Electrical Machines

by Bharat Arora, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., Bhopal


·           Cold Rolled Brass Coils & Strips for Defence Application

by G.V. Badge, Ordnance Factory, Ambarnath


·           “Make in India” for Non Ferrous Metals

by Suneel R. Mardia, MTLEXS, Mumbai


·           Commodity Management – Godrej Locks

by Deepak J. Desai, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Mumbai


·           Case Study on Failure of Admiralty Brass Tubes

by V. Surya Prasad, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Vadodara

·           Uses of Copper Alloys in Shipbuilding

by T. S. Mukherjee, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., Kolkata


The two technical sessions were chaired by Mr. S. K. Mongia of Fouress Enterprises and Dr. D. De Sarkar.


The interactive sessions after each presentation was extremely lively and interesting when the authors answered the various questions raised by the audience.


The one-day seminar concluded with a lively Panel Discussion chaired by Mr. D. K. Jain. In this discussion the panelists were Mr. Prashant A. Kuvlekar, Larsen & Toubro Ltd.; Mr. Vaibhav Deshpande, Siemens Ltd.; Mr. Pranav Waichal, TE Conductivity India Pvt. Ltd. & Mr. Anant P. Garkhedkar, Mazagon Dock Ltd. They interacted with the audience about their quantitative and qualitative requirements, problems they were facing and the steps needed to be taken by both the sectors to overcome these.