June 23, 2008

Tinplate Company of India commences cold trials of ETL-II; conducts ground breaking ceremony for 200000T CRM- II

The Tinplate Company of India had a istoric day on June 16, 2008 when the cold trial of Electrolytic tinning line – II was commenced by Chairman B Muthuraman in the presence of all the directors on the board, ex managing directo, RN Sharma, COO of Tata Steel, Hemant Nerurkar, VP (engg) Tata Steel, RP Singh, VP (flat products) Tata Steel, Anand Sen and many customers, suppliers and members of the Golmuri Tinplate Workers’ Union, including Rakeshwar Pandey, its president.

The Tinplate Company was producing 60,000 tonne of tinplate around 10 years back and the capacity has already been increased three times and last year it has produced around 170,000 tonne. With the addition of ETL-II its capacity has become 380,000 tonne per annum. The commercial production will start after two months. The technology and equipments have been supplied by Nippon Steel Engineering Corporation, Japan, which is one of the best in the world. Some of the equipments have come from Korea.

Mr Muthuraman said that TCIL had undergone a qualitative change and has emerged as a much stronger and forward looking company under the leadership of Bushen Raina in the last few years. He reiterated that TCIL was going to become one of the strongest arms of Tata Steel and applauded the steps taken by it to enhance capacity to 380,000 tonne per annum

Mr Muthuraman mentioned that ETL-II will have a singular facility to produce both tinplate and tin-free steel in coil form as well as in sheet form with closest tolerances. This line is also having the provision for scrolling. TCIL is already a leader in South East Asian market due to its high proportion of export. This line is one of the best line for tinplating in the world. Bushen Raina, MD, TCIL, said that this project was a dream come true. He expressed confidence in his team, and in his suppliers, especially Nippon Steel, Japan. Rakeshwar Pandey, president, Golmuri Tinplate Workers’Union, thanked Mr Muthuraman for his continued support to TCIL and expressed full support on behalf of the workers of the company.

Mr Hayashi, project manager of Nippon Steel, said that he was very happy to work in this project and expressed his belief that the targets would be met. Earlier TK Ghosh, president, TCIL, welcomed all those present. KN Mishra, VP, TCIL, thanked all the dignitaries for their time including suppliers, customers and other service providers and hoped that the project would be completed well within the budget. Tarun Daga, COO, TCIL, conducted the programme.

Before this, Mr Muthuraman did the ground breaking for 200000T CRM-II, a Rs450-crore project. This project will be executed in TCIL under the aegis of Tata Steel. This will supply TMBP coils to ETL-II. The finishing units will be completed in around 18 months time in CRM-II. Already negotiation has been done with M/s Blue Scope, Australia and LOI, Germany, for appropriate equipments like temper mill and annealing furnaces, respectively.