Talking at the occasion, Prof K.S.S. Murthy, Honorary General Secretary, AAI said, “Aluminium is versatile and India has the necessary resources to convert Aluminium into the most utilized metal in the country. We need to promote the use of Aluminium, as it is stronger and lighter than steel. This Technology Roadmap will help the industry, including primary Aluminium producers to value-added downstream and secondary product manufacturers to fulfil the growing requirement for the metal.”
Commenting on the Technology Roadmap, Vibhu Mushran, Adviser, TIFAC remarked, “The Roadmap covers every topic of the sector in a holistic manner. We need to finalize this document with focus on actionable points. The TIFAC will extend complete support to the AAI in this regard.”
The Indian Aluminium industry is rapidly expanding in both primary metal and downstream sectors. With the continuing trend of economic growth, the demand and consumption of Aluminium is expected to increase. According to the Technology Roadmap, higher consumption levels of the metal are expected from building & infrastructure, transportation, automotive and roadways, railways, energy, defence & aerospace, packaging and consumable durables.
However, India lags behind in per capita consumption of the metal, at 1.8 kg, when compared with the developed nations; despite being bestowed with almost 5 per cent of the world’s reserves of high quality Bauxite ore. Most of the potential of Aluminium remains untapped and steel continues to remain unchallenged in India. Besides, infrastructure-related challenges, such as, energy, land and water continue to deter growth of the sector.
Prof Kamanio Chattopadhyay, President, Indian Institute of Metals and Chairman of Mechanical Science Division, IISc said, “The Aluminium industry has enormous growth opportunities. India can be a global leader if we plan well in an integrated and holistic manner. The time has come for a paradigm shift. We need to develop India-specific products to promote the use of Aluminium. For this, the industry, government, academia and R&D sector should join hands.”