A look at recent headlines relating to the Indian steel industry reflects its growth prospects, its dynamism and its willingness to modernise and try new technologies

.• India’s ministry of steel planning mega steel plants on a fast-track basis in five mineral rich states
• JSW Steel seeking legislative approval for a planned 3Mt/y steel plant in West Bengal
• Rio Tinto to partner Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) in next step in global commercialisation of the HIsmelt technology
• Lanzatech in discussions with Indian partners to accelerate deployment of gas fermentation technology to produce fuel ethanol from industrial off-gases
• JSW Steel orders continuous slab caster from Siemens VAI
• Tata Steel Group steel deliveries in H1 FY’12 up 1.8% to 12.17Mt
• SAIL proposes DRI steelworks in Oman
• Paul Wurth bell-less tops for three Indian companies
Based on 11 months production, India is set to produce 72Mt of crude steel in 2011, up 8% on the 66.8Mt produced in 2010 and output is targeted at 100Mt by 2015.

The Steel Tech conference, now in its fourth year, has been extended to two days and includes an enlarged exhibition at the Taj Bengal Hotel, Kolkata (Calcutta).

In 2011, Steel Tech attracted 285 delegates from major Indian steel companies including SAIL, Tata Steel, JSW Steel, Jindal Steel & Power, Essar Steel, Bhushan Steel, Visa Steel and ArcelorMittal as well as Indian government and State departments, plant builders, equipment suppliers, refractory companies, coke producers, consulting companies, academics and students.

The theme of the conference in 2012 will be ‘Optimisation of Iron and Steel Making’ and will focus on the potential improvement of India’s steel plants.

To exhibit at the event please contact Steel Times International e-mail steel@quartzltd.com www.steeltimesint.com Tel +44 1737 855116 or /139 or 117 Fax +44 1737 855033

For progress updates on the conference programme or to register as a delegate please contact: The Convener, Steel Tech Seminar, Mr B P Sarkar Tel +91 33 2337 7939, Fax 91 33 2334 0083, Mobile: 91 98 3053 0224 e-mail sarkar.bp@gmail.com