Seminar on 


Prospects of Copper & Copper Alloy Components In Iron & Steel And
Ferro-Alloy Industry







 23rd June, 2010





Indian Copper Development Centre organized the seminar on “Prospects of Copper & Copper Alloy Components in Iron and Steel and Ferro-Alloy Industries” at Kolkata on 23rd June, 2010. About 70 participants attended the programme from all over the country and also overseas. They represented producers of refined copper, manufacturers of copper based castings, forgings & other downsteam products; iron & steel plants and ferro-alloy industry, as also metallurgical consulting organizations, academic institute, metallurgical laboratory and processing equipment manufacturing company.

Dignitaries sitting on the dais ( L to R ) Mr. S.J. Kanal, Mr. Shakeel Ahmed, Dr. S.K. Bhattacharyya, Dr. D. De Sarkar
Mr. Shakeel Ahmed inaugurating the seminar by lighting the lamp


The seminar was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Mr. Shakeel Ahmed, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Hindustan Copper Limited. He mentioned about M/s. Hindustan Copper Limited’s present thrust to increase the mining capacity. He also mentioned about copper demand growth prospect in India and need for working jointly for sustained growth.


Dr. S.K. Bhattacharyya, Steel Chair Professor, BESU and Former M.D. Durgapur Steel Plant, who was the Special Guest, stressed on the importance of both steel and copper – both of which are two indispensable metals, and the indigenous potential to increase their per-capita consumption.


In the inaugural session, Mr. S.J. Kanal, Chairman, Shree Balaji Industrial Corporation, welcomed the participants. He mentioned the importance of the theme of the seminar for identifying the use of copper and copper alloys in the fast growing Iron & Steel and Ferro Alloy industries.


Dr. D. De Sarkar, CEO, Indian Copper Development Centre, proposed the Vote of Thanks.


Nine informative and interesting papers were presented during the two technical sessions. In the first technical session there were four papers which were presented by experts in the field of iron & steel making, research & development for iron & steel, and ferro alloy manufacturing. This session was chaired by Mr. Bhaskar Roy, Director, M.N. Dastur & Co. Ltd. The second session constituted five presentations from the manufacturers of copper & copper alloy components for iron and steel and ferro-alloy industry. Mr. P.R. Dhar, an expert in the field of non-ferrous metal manufacturing chaired this session.


A view of the audience
Interactive session in progress


The following papers were presented during the above mentioned two technical sessions of the seminar:


·         Copper and Its Use in Blast Furnace

by S. K. Roy, R. V. Ramna & Subhashis Kundu, Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur


·         Prospects of Copper & Copper Alloy Components in Iron & Steel Industry

by U. N. Behera, T. Goutham, G. Rajaraman, RINL-VSP, Visakhapatnam & PBC Rao, Andhra University, Andhra Pradesh


·         Copper Bearing Steels from SAIL and Its Application

by D. Karmakar, A. K.Bhakat, Anjana Deva, B. K. Jha, D. Mukherjee & A. S. Mathur, RDCIS, SAIL, Ranchi


·         Types of Copper and Copper Alloy Castings Used in Ferro Alloy Industry

by V. R. K. Paramahamsa, Facor Alloys Limited, Vizianagaram


·         Introduction of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation’s Products for Steel Makers

by Michiaki Ohto & Nobukuni Morohashi, Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Japan


·         Manufacture of Continuous Casting Mould Plates for Steel Plants

by Sumit Dhody, Mipalloy, Chennai


·        Important Role of Copper and Copper Alloy Components in Submerged Electric Arc Smelting Furnaces for Ferro Alloys

by Ravi Choudhary & Ashok Banerjee, Eastern Copper Manufacturing Co. Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata


·           Testing & Quality Control of Cast Copper Alloy Items Used in Steel & Ferro-Alloy Industries

by Aniruddha Mukherjee, White & Brown Alloy Castings Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata


·           Copper Base Components for Iron & Steel Industry in India – Some Facts

by Prakash Agarwal, Simhagiri Foundry Works Pvt. Ltd., Visakhapatnam



Before the conclusion of both the sessions, very lively discussion took place during which the authors of the papers answered various queries raised by the audience. The participants of the seminar found themselves extremely benefitted by the papers presented and also from the discussions.