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 26th March, 2011




Indian Copper Development Centre organized the above seminar at Mumbai on 26th March, 2011.


Vertical continuous casting technology which is presently used to produce rod, hollows, sections and billets of both copper and copper alloys is well established globally due to its favourable economics even with low annual production capacity. Therefore the Centre organized the above seminar in order to create awareness among the present and potential users of this technology in India so that they can enrich themselves not only on this technology but also on the important process control parameters to achieve the right quality product.


Eight papers were presented and about 100 participants attended the programme from all parts of the country. They represented the vertical continuous casting equipment and melting furnace manufacturers, suppliers of graphite components, users of vertical continuous casting and semi-continuous casting technology, consultants and various copper and copper alloy product manufacturers including primary copper producer.


During the opening session of the seminar, Mr. B.K. Binani, Managing Director, Rashtriya Metal Industries Ltd., welcomed the participants and mentioned about the benefits of the continuous casting technology and the key drivers for growth in demand for copper in the country. He also stated how the Indian copper base industry should gear themselves up and become competitive not only to cater to the growing domestic market but also explore the overseas market.


Mr. S.J. Kanal, Chairman, Shree Balaji Industrial Corporation, also addressed the participants during the opening session. He stated the importance of continuous casting technology for the copper industry and how the various process control parameters like proper input raw material, temperature control and cooling system play a great role in obtaining the right quality product.


Dr. D. De Sarkar, Chief Executive Officer, Indian Copper Development Centre, proposed the Vote of Thanks. He also emphasized that copper industry has a very important role to play in helping the end users getting the right material for the right end use. According to him the endeavour of the copper industry should be to develop a “Partnership Relation” with the end users developing trust than a customer-vendor relationship. This will enable the end users to keep trust on copper and its alloys rather than its substitutes.


The two technical sessions held during the seminar was chaired by Mr. T.U. Shenava and Dr. D. De Sarkar respectively.



Dignitaries sitting on the dais during the opening session
(L to R) Mr. B.K. Binani, Mr. S.J. Kanal, Dr. D. De Sarkar
A view of the audience
Another view of the audience
Mr. P.K. Mazumder of Bright Engineering is presenting his paper
Interactive session in progress
Interactive session in progress
Interactive session in progress


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


·         Vertical Casting of Copper Wire Rod – Indian Perspectives

by David Stephen & P. K. Mazumder
      Bright Engineering, Mumbai


·        Induction Furnace Installation for Continuous Casting System

by B. G. Shah & Chetan Gosalia

Pioneer Furnaces Pvt. Ltd., Vitthal Udyognagar, Gujarat


·         Graphite Dies for Continuous Casting

by Sumant Rajak

ONS Engineers And Consultants, Mumbai


·         Oxygen Free Copper – Process, Properties and Risks

by Aloke Chakravarty
      Chandra Proteco Ltd., Silvassa


·         Experiences of Vertical Upward Casting at JMW Copper

by Manoj Jain & P. K. Saxena
      JMW India Pvt. Ltd., Jammu


·         Vertical Semi Continuous Casting of Copper & Copper Alloys

by Deepak Sharma
      Meta Copper And Alloys Ltd., Goa


·        Vertical Casting of Copper Alloys Using “WINGET” Casting Technology

by Sanjeev Jain
            Saru Copper Alloy Semis Pvt. Ltd., Meerut, U. P.


·           De-oxidation in Copper & Copper Alloys

By Raju Hirve
Intercon, Mumbai



Before the conclusion of both the sessions very lively discussion took place during which the authors of the papers answered the various queries raised by the audience.