Dalmia-OCL Ltd on Monday launched a new refractory line for production of Magnesia Carbon (MgO-C bricks) at its Rajgangpur plant in Odisha, in a move to bring down dependence on imports, especially from China.

Union minister of state for steel, Faggan Singh Kulaste inaugurated the production line, which will have a capacity of 108,000 tonne and cater to the demand of domestic steel manufacturers.

“Under this new line we will be putting up capacity of 108,000tonne in MgO-C brick in our Rajgangpur plant in Odisha and will be commissioning it in three phases of 36,000 tonne each. The first phase inaugurated today will play a pivotal role in substituting imports from China,” said Sameer Nagpal, CEO, Dalmia-OCL.

“Once fully commissioned, this will be India’s largest refractory line for production of Magnesia Carbon Bricks and promises to cut nation’s import dependence by up to 50%,” the company stated.

The refractory line, which has been set up under Dalmia-OCL’s initiative of ‘Bharat ki Factory mein Bharat ki Refractory’, will come up in 3 phases of 36,000tonne each.

This product is widely consumed by the steel industry and most of the current demand (approximately 300,000 tonne annually) is met through imports.

Under this initiative, Dalmia-OCL – a Dalmia Bharat Group company – is localizing the production of most refractories to provide support to its key customers such as SAIL, Tata Steel, JSW Group, JSPL Group, AMNS etc.

With the launch of the new manufacturing line, the company aims to substitute imports with locally manufactured MgO-C bricks and expects to capture 25% market share.

Subsequently, the company plans to export these bricks to Europe and other key steel markets across the globe.

The company has made a cumulative investment of Rs 50 crore in the past 2 years and expects its total refractory business to grow by 50% in the next 5 years.

Further, Dalmia-OCL plans to make a cumulative investment of another Rs 100 crore in the next five years to boost its domestic manufacturing capacity and align itself to India’s vision to become a 300 million tonne steel manufacturing nation by the end of this decade.

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Speaking on this occasion, Union minister of state for steel Faggan Singh Kulaste said, “To achieve the Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, industries across sectors need to strengthen their manufacturing capabilities in order to reduce our dependency on imports.”

“Today, the steel industry’s capacity is 142 million tonne for which almost 1.2 million tonne of refractory is required and almost 30 percent of refractories is imported.

“It is therefore imperative to enhance refractory production in India to decrease our dependency on imports and become self-sufficient,” Kulaste said.

National Steel Policy 2017 has set a target of achieving 300 million ton steel capacity by 2030-31 and this will increase demand for domestic refractories, he said.

Dalmia-OCL CEO Nagpal said, “Truly committed to a self-reliant India under PM Narendra Modi Ji’s vision for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, Dalmia-OCL has embarked upon its key initiative of ‘Bharat ki Factory mein Bharat ki Refractory’.”

“It gives me immense pleasure to state that the Magnesia Carbon Line is India’s first refractory line post the announcement of Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative,” Nagpal added.

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