100 Years Of Stainless Steel - Towards Building Corrosion Free India Thursday, 10th October 2012, Hotel Le Méridien , New Delhi
The global stainless steel community is marking a century since stainless steels were first created, patented and produced. Over that time, stainless steel has grown to be an integral part of our modern world.
Developed in Krupp’s research labs in Essen and first patented in 1912, they have been available since 100 years. It was on October 18, 1912, a patent was granted for the “production of articles requiring high resistance to corrosion”. This was a quantum leap in material research, and it was followed two months later by a patent for the “production of articles requiring high resistance to corrosion through acids and extreme strength”.
While stainless steel usage and consumption in India is abysmally low, it outlines severe growth prospects as India loses INR 2 trillion (USD 40 billion) every year due to corrosion of infrastructure, industrial equipment and other vital installations, according to last estimates from Corrosion Management Committee of CII.
Corrosion has a huge economic and environmental impact on virtually all facets of the world's infrastructure, from highways, bridges, and buildings to oil and gas, chemical processing, water and wastewater systems and particularly industrial structures. In addition to causing severe damage and threat to public safety, corrosion disrupts operations and requires extensive repair and replacement of failed assets.
There is a big opportunity to save costs due to corrosion and enhance the life of products, plant and machinery and civil structures by using the most suitable grade of stainless steel.
Today, roughly 120 stainless steel grades are available in a variety of sizes and finishes. With different chemical compositions depending on application, they are used in the construction, automotive, medical, pharmaceutical, food, energy and chemical industries as well as in environmental and marine engineering. Global annual demand for stainless steel increased from 3 million tonnes to 30 million tonnes between 1970 and 2010. There are still new grades being developed and further characterizations to be made in order to fully utilize the excellent properties of this type of material. Development work is focusing upon the products that are of special market interest.
Although Indian stainless steel makers are investing in technology, a vast gap remains in the area of high end applications like Nuclear Reactors, Oil & gas, Railways, Water, Infrastructure, Automotive and Solar Energy etc in addition to low end sectors like Catering & Appliances, Grain Silos, Food & Processing etc where the end product development and competitiveness is hindered due to awareness and availability of right grades & sizes of stainless steel in India.
While the world started to get to the root of the word sustainability in the recent decades, nearly one hundred years back there were those minds with a strong urge for innovation and experimentation who dreamt a stainless world beyond the fork and knife on the table. Thanks to the continued innovative spirit and sustainability zeal of the stainless men in stainless industry, the world has seen the emergence of stainless steel as an integral part of our everyday lives at work, at home or at leisure. Today stainless steel symbolises sustainable development of our society and our concern to save the earth for our future generations.
On 10th October 2012, we want to bring the uniqueness of stainless steel business in the forefront and highlight the importance of stainless steel in all spheres of industry and environment. As a proud member of the stainless mission, we shall dedicate our efforts to containing corrosion and thus resulting in sustainable development of the world.
In the centurion year 2012 there is a need to salute the entire stainless steel sector. Let’s come together and celebrate the 100 years of stainless steel and its contribution to build a corrosion free India.
Thus on the 100th Anniversary of Stainless Steel, SteelGuru through its networking division Global Business Connect is proud to announce "100 Years of Stainless Steel - Towards building Corrosion Free India" on October 10th 2012 at Hotel Le Méridien in New Delhi.
“Towards Building Corrosion Free India” seeks to establish a neutral and robust platform that will bring together the main stakeholders in the stainless steel industry including stainless steel makers, processors, users government bodies , national and international authorities & organization etc helping them to analyze the critical issues and way forward for achieving sustainable growth in this area.
What We Will Discuss?
Effects of corrosion on our infrastructure
Advantages of Stainless Steel Usages
Cutting Corrosion Losses in Indian Growth Plans
Overview of Global & Indian Stainless Steel Sector
Developments in Stainless Steel Sector in India
Adopting environment friendly measures
Bridging the gap between high end applications and low end
Who Should Attend?
Players in Indian Stainless Steel Supply Chain
Stainless Steel Users