Friday, July 31, 2015

India - Stainless Steel Manufacturing - Utensil makers face uncertain future. Our view point: Various grades of stainless steels available in the market exhibit different corrosion patterns. Consumers pay higher cost to choose reliable items in terms of performance and quality

In what will be a major blow to utensil manufacturers, the central government is going to prohibit trading in sub-standard stainless steel. Utensil exporters, however, would not be covered. Three months will be given to traders and utensil manufacturers to adhere to the guidelines, once notified.

“Considering the diverse and extremely strategic applications of stainless steel, this order, if enacted, will go a long way in securing the interest of domestic consumers. It will also benefit the public at large, considering the fact that we are exposed to stainless steel in one form or the other in all walks of life. This order will also help to curb the import of sub-standard stainless steel and help to create conditions of free and fair competition in the industry,” said N C Mathur, President of the Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (Issda)

Domestic utensil manufacturers have been importing sheets from China, Korea and other countries for several years. Issda has been trying to convince the government for years to ban imports. About two months earlier, the government levied an anti-dumping duty on certain grades of stainless steel
flat imports.

Utensil manufacturers have opposed the move. Hitendra Bhalaria, managing director of Bhalaria Metal Craft, a stainless steel manufacturer and exporter in this city, said: “Around 98 per cent of stainless steel utensils currently produced and sold in India would be rejected. Many utensil manufacturers would go out of the market. Also, utensils would be costlier at least by 15-20 per cent as raw material could be costlier by a similar proportion.”

Domestic utensil manufacturers have been importing sheets from China, Korea and other countries for several years, a practice that Issda has been trying to convince the government to ban. About two months earlier, the government levied an anti-dumping duty on certain grades of stainless steel flat imports.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-to-bar-sale-of-sub-standard-stainless-steel-utensil-makers-face- uncertain-future-115073101232_1.html
Publication Date: 01 Aug 2015

Our View Point:

It is a good move to bar sub-standard stainless steel reaching consumers. Material selection is normally generalized to specify the materials suitable for various purposes. There is no universal material that work in all types of environments. Corrosion of materials is one of the life limiting phenomena that is effected due to variations in environmental conditions. Various grades of stainless steels available in the market exhibit different corrosion patterns. Performance of stainless steels used by the consumers living in the vicinity of coastal and industrial zones is entirely different from the one used in other geographical location. Although limited time warranty is given for few finished products like electronic appliances and machineries that use SS as materials of construction, there is no structured quality assurance policy instituted by the government to ensure the performance of stainless steel in various environments and  manufactured items. Most of the homewares do not carry a proper warranty for the lifetime performance of materials. Consumers pay higher cost to choose reliable items in terms of performance and quality. The intention of choosing the higher material is to get rid off main issues like corrosion and gloss. The key question on the life of SS components is yet to be resolved. We do not see credit given for corrosion control of metallic structures in our country. Awareness on corrosion control has to be effectively implemented by our government to encourage material conservation efforts. Stainless steel material manufacturers need to establish a proper collaboration with corrosion control community to resolve the problems faced by the public and assist the domestic utensil manufacturers for finding consumer-friendly life time performance- oriented solutions. Our group We CAN Control Corrosion in India, a non-profit networking initiative, welcomes the manufacturers and consumers to use the collaborative knowledge base available for corrosion control. 

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