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Agreements with 26 companies signed under the PLI scheme for specialty steel.

Agreements have been signed with 26 companies for 54 applications under the production-linked incentive (PLI) for specialty steel, Union Steel Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia said on Thursday. The minister made the remarks at the Global Zinc Summit 2023 in the national capital, where he also urged the stakeholders to explore investment opportunities in India.


"We had a PLI for speciality steel and that includes steel products with zinc. I report we have awarded 54 applications submitted from close to 26 companies (which will lead to) an investment of...Rs 30,000 crore, a capacity addition of 26 million tonne and employment generation potential of about 25,000 people," it is said.


He said that India is the fourth largest producer of zinc, contributing to six percent of the world's capacity alone, adding that 80 percent of the non-ferrous metal produced in the country is consumed domestically.


In India, the government has announced a considerable capex of Rs 10 lakh crore for infrastructure which has opened tremendous investment opportunities across the sectors. The minister informed the participants of the summit.


"Zinc is consumed in galvanising, structurals, wires, cables and trains etc but there are new markets which represent tremendous opportunities like renewable energy, rural electrification, galvanising rebars. There are new opportunities," it is said.


 The top five steel companies -- Tata Steel, JSW Steel, JSPL, AMNS India, and SAIL -- dominate the list of qualifiers under the PLI scheme for specialty steel. Besides, a few others, like Gallant Metallics, Kalyani Steels, Shyam Metalics Flat Products, and Sunflag Iron and Steel, have been selected under the PLI scheme.


The Union Cabinet in July 2021 approved a Rs 6,322-crore PLI scheme to boost specialty steel production in India.


 Some categories of specialty steel included in the scheme are coated/plated steel products, high-strength/wear-resistant steel, specialty rails, alloy steel products, steel wires, and electrical steel.