Bhubaneswar: The much-awaited mega aluminium conference – International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL 2019) was kicked off today. Shri Anil Mukim, IAS, Secretary to Govt of India graced the opening day ceremony as the Chief Guest, in the presence of a galaxy of business leaders and delegates from across the globe and different parts of India descending in Bhubaneswar. The 3-day Exhibition and Conference is being held from Jan 31-Feb 3.
Among others, Dr Tapan Kumar Chand, Chairman, AAI & CMD NALCO, Muhammad Azfar Abdullah,First Secretary High Commision of Malaysia, HE Mr Pham Sanh Chau, Ambassador Socialist Republic of Vietnam, HE Mr Moe Kyaw Aung, Ambassador Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Shri Sanjeev Chopra, IAS, Principal Secy, Govt of Odisha, Shri Ajay Dikshit, CEO, Vedanta, Mr Suryakanta Mishra, Chairman, Utkal Alumina International Ltd, Mr Damiano Fancovigh, Consul General, Italian Republic, Mrs Sweeya Santipitaks, Consul General, Kingdom of Thailand were present on the occasion.
With bullet trains, aerospace, electric vehicles and smart cities set to dominate the next phase of development in emerging economies like India, the spotlight on making Aluminium as the Metal of choice will be a key focus area in INCAL 2019. Billed as one of the biggest event in the Aluminium calendar in Asia, INCAL 2019 will showcase the latest technologies and advancements in the sector.
Addressing the International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL 2019) here, Union Mines Secretary Anil Mukim on Thursday urged the stakeholders to work towards increasing the domestic consumption of aluminium in a sustainable manner and make it the metal of choice for the future.
- More than 850 delegates, 150 foreign delegates from 20 countries
- 120 industries showcasing the latest technologies on Aluminium at the
- Global and National Aluminium giants, along with downstream industries
Muhammad Azfar Abdullah,First Secretary High Commision of Malaysia, said the Malaysian steel and alumInium industry have seen tremendous growth over the last three decades.To date there are over 2,900 production projects related to the industry,employing over 160,000 workers. The industry provides the critical link to many other sectors in Malaysia,including construction,electrical and electronics,automotive as well as engineering
Under Malaysia’s Third Master Plan(2006-2020), we have identified six strategic thrusts to Further develop the steel and aluminum industry, namely
- To enhance the competiveness of the industry player in order to support the factory and Manufacturing sector
- To expand the export of steel related products to current and new markets
- To encourage the usage the use of new applications of steel and aluminium in selected industries
- To encourage cooperation between manufacturers and users
- To attract new investments in niche areas of the industry and
- To develop skilled manpower for the industry
Focusing on point number two i.e.expanding the export of aluminium,I amhappy to report that based on our records,the aluminium trade Between Malaysia and India amounted to USD 250 million and accounted for 31%of India’s Aluminum import
Touching on trade, the economic relations between Malaysia and India was valued at USD 12.61 billion.Out of this figure, the USD 250 million for the aluminium accounts for 1.9% of the total Trade.For a small country like Malaysia, this is very significant amount. Md Azfar Abdullah was also presented with memento by Nalco on this occasion
Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, Chairman, Aluminium Association of India (AAI) and CMD, NALCO said, “INCAL 2019 has a three-pronged strategy to send across a strong message to the stakeholders in the Metal and Aluminium industry. At the international level, we are aiming to project Aluminium as the futuristic metal, at the national level, we are committed to take steps to increase domestic consumption as there is tremendous scope and at the state level, project mineral-rich Odisha as the Aluminium Capital of India.’’
INCAL was being held in Bhubaneswar for the first time, under the aegis of Ministry of Mines and organized by Aluminium Association of India (AAI).