Apr 26:The Minister of State for Steel and Rural Development Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste here today in a conference said that the country exported 13.5 million tonnes of finished steel amounting to INR one lakh crores and imported steel around INR 46000 crores. The impressive performance of the steel sector contributed their mite to the all-time record of merchandise exports worth USD $420 billion from India. At a conference on Steel and Engineering exports organized by the Metalogic, PMS, Shri Kulaste said that notwithstanding the challenges arising out of Covid-19, it is heartening to note Steel Sector both in terms of external trade as well as domestic steel production and consumption registered a record performance. The engineering sector, being closely linked to the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, is of strategic importance to India’s economy, and the steel sector is closely linked to this sector.
India’s all-time steel high consumption at around 106 million tonnes and production at 120 million tonnes shows not only the resilience of the sector but also displays the exemplary grit and determination of steel players in India, added the Minister of State.
Speaking further about the steel sector’s performance, the Minister of State said that we have the potential to do better in the steel sector across all areas. As you are aware, the Indian steel sector is vibrant and growing at a CAGR of around 5 percent to 6 percent on a year-on-year basis. The government of India has brought Production Linked Scheme (PLI) to produce specialty steel in our country and we hope that our strong steel sector in the coming days will be successful in producing the identified products to meet the domestic demand as well as export to enhance their share in the country’s external trade.
With our government’s policy announcements and changes in global supply-demand equations across sectors including railways, roads, aviation, gas pipelines, and housing, the sector is expected to witness significant growth in the coming years due to an increase in investment in infrastructure and industrial production.
The demand for Steel in the country has gone up. But at the same time, the competition for steel with other materials has also increased. In many sectors like the automobile sector, white goods, railways, space, due to the cost of steel, due to its heaviness, steel is being replaced by other materials such as composite materials, because composite materials are lighter, stronger than steel, and cheaper. The Minister advised steel players to reduce the cost of production of steel by adopting the latest technology and said the sector must be ready to face the challenges of steelmaking from alternative materials.
The Minister of State for Steel cautioned steel players to focus on the export of value-added products rather than semi-finished steel as the production and export of steel in the country has a direct impact on the growth of the economy as well as employment in the country.
The Minister of State for Steel further said that the Ministry of Steel is continuously interacting with Stakeholders in the steel sector to arrive at policy formulations for the growth of the sector. Due to the decisions taken by our Government from time to time, the export of finished steel has increased and the imports have decreased. The import of defective steel has been curbed to a great extent due to the implementation of the Quality Control Order and to date, QCO has been enforced on 142 standards. He says promised that the Ministry of Steel will look at the suggestions emerging out of the daylong conference.
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