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Need to harness digital revolution in Indian steel sector: NITI Aayog

Updated: Jul 02, 2021 09:23:17am

Need to harness digital revolution in Indian steel sector: NITI Aayog

New Delhi, Jul 2 (KNN) The digital revolution in Indian steel sector certainly has to be harnessed, said Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog.

Addressing the webinar ‘Steel Technology & Innovations – Increasing Productivity & Technology Quotient’, organised by FICCI, on Thursday, Dr Saraswat said that digital technologies are important to improve the efficiency and output of Indian steel sector.

“Digital revolution certainly has to be harnessed. Digital technologies are changing the world and improving the way organisations work. Steel and Metal manufacturers have a huge opportunity to transform their operational models by adopting digital technologies and enabling them to improve operational efficiency, customer service, inventory levels and profit margins,” he added.

Saraswat also said that the Indian iron and steel industry with its strong forward and backward linkages, contributes significantly to the overall growth and development of the economy.

“Technology and innovation are the need of the hour as through this we will be able to manage the competitiveness and minimize the environmental impact,” he added.

In the digital transformation, he said four levels are key – digital data, automation, connectivity and digital customer access which are crucial for effectively implementing the digitalization process.

“This is particularly important for brownfield industries which need upgradation in this area,” he emphasized.

Speaking on the National Steel Policy, Dr Saraswat stated that the policy was created to enable the creation of a self-sufficient steel industry that is technologically advanced along with becoming globally competitive and promote inclusive growth. The policy also envisages a per capita consumption increase to 160 kg by 2030 against 74 kg currently, he noted.

Dr Saraswat further said that in order to achieve a 5 trillion dollars economy, the Ministry of Steel has defined a 5-year vision in order to shape and drive the Indian steel sector.

“There are 4 dynamic pillars in this which includes the steel demand, availability of raw materials, steel supply capacity and steel trade flows,” he added.

He also stressed on the need for decarbonizing the Indian steel industry as the sector contributes to 7 per cent of the global carbon di-oxide emissions and thereby making it urgent target for decarbonizing.

We have to start using the blue hydrogen in production as much as possible, he said.

BN Satpathy, Senior Consultant, Office of Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India said that the productivity of steel is dependent on productivity of other allied industries.

“Technology today is global and in the global value chain it is important to look at the trade aspects along with the policies determining the trade,” he said.

Parmjeet Singh, Additional Industrial Adviser, Ministry of Steel, said that under the National Steel Policy 2017, the production capacity is expected to grow to 300 MT and the steel demand is expected to grow to 230 MT by 2030-31.

“It is imperative to lay emphasis on advanced technologies & innovations to improve efficiency and productivity of the sector, to reach the targets envisaged,” he stated.


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