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Radisson® Hotel, Mumbai Andheri MIDC


Thrusday, 21st February, 2019




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“With the advent of globalization, the industry is facing lot of challenges. So delivering reliable and good quality product in a healthy competitive market is of utmost importance” remarked Mrs. NeelamBhogal, General Manager, SCR (Engg. & MM) Division, BHEL, Bhopal, in her inaugural address during the Inaugural Session of the Seminar on “Copper Based Components in Switchgear Industry” organized by Indian Copper Development Centre (ICDC) in Mumbai on 21st February, 2019.


Mr. U. K. Jatia, Managing Director, Indoswe Engineers Ltd., Pune, welcomed the participants. He mentioned that he has been associated with ICDC for more than four decades and highlighted the various roles played by ICDC for the last 53 years for the benefit of copper and copper alloy industry in the country.


Dr. P. Sriram, Chairman, Rapsri Engineering Products Co. Ltd., Ramnagar, Karnataka, delivered his Keynote Address on “Copper Materials in Switchgear (Safety, Reliability and Flexibility in an Electrical System)”. He discussed about the various copper based products and their properties for usage in the switchgear industry.


The Inaugural Session concluded with the Vote of Thanks proposed by Mr. I. Mukherjee, Metallurgist, ICDC.










During the two Technical Sessions, the following presentations were made :

·         “Copper  –  Nervous System of Switchgear”

by V. Ramesh, ABB Ltd., Nashik


·         “Copper Based Components in BHEL Switchgears”

by Arun Dewangan, BHEL, Bhopal


·          “Trends in Usage of Cu & Cu Alloy Contacts in Switchgear”

by Rupesh Malunjkar, CG Power and Industrial Solutions Ltd., Nashik


·          “Copper Based Components in Switchgear Industry”

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


·          “SE Spend Overview and Expectation”

by HemangMevada, Schneider Electric, Vadodara


·          “Tungsten Copper as Electrical Contact Material”

by Sumit Dhody, Mipalloy, Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu


·          “Copper, Brass & Phosphor Bronze Foils, Sheets and Strips for Electrical Switchgears”

by Umang Jain & Deepak Sanghi, Agrawal Metal Works Pvt. Ltd., Rewari


·          “Presentation on Smart Security Systems”

by AayushAgarwal, 2020 Imaging, Thane


The two technical sessions were chaired by Mr. Anil Kapoor, Technical Service Cell, Hindalco Industries Ltd. (Unit : Birla Copper), Dahej and Dr. D. De Sarkar, Chief Executive Officer, ICDC, respectively. The discussion sessions were extremely lively when the authors answered various questions raised by the audience.

The seminar was attended by more than 60 participants. They included representatives from switchgear equipment manufacturers; conductor manufacturers; contact manufacturers; extruded, rolled & cast product manufacturers; primary copper producers; equipment manufacturers, etc.