Steel Authority of IndiaBSE 4.79 % Limited (SAIL) said it has recorded a 4% growth in the production of value added steel over the last fiscal. During 2012-13, the country's largest steel maker produced over 5 million tonne of special steel products designed for specific end-use.
SAIL's Bhilai Steel Plant developed special soft iron magnetic plates for the prestigious India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC). For the first time ever, SAILBSE 4.79 % plants at Bokaro and Salem started production of IS 2062 E450 and E 350 Hot Rolled (HR) Coils tailor-made for wagons of Indian Railways.
For the petrochemicals industry, Bhilai and Rourkela developed a new grade of ASTM 537 plates which finds application in pressure vessels. Another product which caters to petrochemical industry is the NACE quality plate developed by SAIL Bhilai. These cracking-resistant plates are ideal for transportation of gases having higher content of hydrogen-sulphide.
For the auto sector, SAIL's Bokaro unit came out with ultra high strength hot rolled and cold rolled (CR) steel, for use in auto body components. SAIL continued to gear its efforts towards product innovation. Besides catering to large scale industry, 31 CrV3 grade billets were rolled out in Durgapur Steel Plant for the first time in India; a product highly appreciated among makers of spanners and hand tools.