ICDC Copper Conference 2019







Radisson® Hotel, Mumbai Andheri MIDC


Wednesday, 20th February, 2019




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“India has tremendous growth potential in the usage of copper” mentioned Mr. Arun Kumar Shukla, Director (Operations), Hindustan Copper Ltd. while delivering his inaugural address during “ICDC Copper Conference 2019” organized by Indian Copper Development Centre (ICDC) in Mumbai on 20th February, 2019. He also mentioned about the indispensability of copper in various applications and future plan of Hindustan Copper Ltd. for increase in production capacity.


Mr. U. K. Jatia, Managing Director, Indoswe Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Pune, welcomed the participants and Mr., D. K. Jain, Managing Director, Agrawal Metal Works Pvt. Ltd., Rewari, also addressed the participants. Both of them highlighted the commendable role played by ICDC for the last 53 years towards development of Indian copper and copper alloy industry. Both Mr. Jatia and Mr. Jain being Members of the Board of Management of ICDC and associated with the Centre for more than four decades, requested the participants of the Conference to support ICDC for the benefit of the copper based industryin the country. The inaugural session concluded with Vote of Thanks proposed by Dr. D. De Sarkar, Chief Executive Officer, ICDC.


The Plenary Session was conducted by Mr. U. K. Jatia. During this session, the status of the Indian copper industry – right from primary producers to downstream industries, was covered by senior representatives of these industries.










The following papers were presented during the technical session :

·           “Status of Copper Mining in India”

by Arun Kumar Shukla, Director (Operations), Hindustan Copper Ltd.


·           “Aspects Influencing Indian Copper Industry”

by P. Anilkumar, Chief Marketing Officer, Hindalco Industries Ltd. (Unit : Birla Copper)


·           “Basic of Copper Refinery & Rod Mill and Their Influence on Down Stream Industry”

by I. Rajasekhar, Head – CCR Plant, Vedanta Ltd. (Unit : Sterlite Copper)


·           “Status of Copper Conductor Manufacture in India”

by Shreegopal Kabra, Managing Director, RR Kabel Ltd. and Member,Board of Management - ICDC


·           “An Overview of Indian Copper Flat Rolled Industry”

by D. K. Jain, Managing Director, Agrawal Metal Works Pvt. Ltd. and Member, Board of Management - ICDC


·          “Copper Based Extrusion Industry in India – An Overview”

by Mukesh Mehta, Director, Mehta Tubes Ltd.

During this one day conference there were two very interesting Technical Sessions.

In the First Technical Session which was chaired by Dr. P. Sriram, Chairman, Rapsri Engineering Products Co. Ltd., the following presentations were made :

·           “Challenges & Opportunities Across the Global Copper Value Chain : What Role for India in 2020-30 ?”

by Carlos Risopatron, International Copper Study Group, Portugal


·           “Copper Market Outlook with a Focus on Asian Demand”

by Ms. Yanting Zhou, Wood Mackenzie Metal Market (China) Co. Ltd., China


The Second Technical Session was chaired by Dr. D. De Sarkar and the following presentations were made :

·         “Recycling of Copper and Copper Alloys”

by Lakhubhai Unadkat, Goldstar Metals Ltd., Mumbai


·          “Copper Tube Production Plants from SMS Group”

by Thomas Schatz, SMS Group, Germany


·          “Quality Tools – OES for  Improving Quality and Generating Profits in Copper Industries”

by P. D. Pant, Metal Power Analytical (I) Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai


·         “The Importance of Lubrication for Copper Drawing”

by Partha Pratim Seal, Carl Bechem Lubricants India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore


·          “Waste Water & Acid Handling and Zero Liquid Discharge for Pickling Lines”

by Abhay Nafdey, Nagpur Pollution Control Co. Pvt. Ltd., Nagpur



The Plenary Session as well as the two Technical Sessions evoked a lot of interest among the participants who raised various questions which were answered by the speakers.

Participants represented primary copper producers, downstream product manufacturers, research organizations, equipment manufacturers, raw material suppliers, associations, market study organisations, etc.