International Zinc Association (IZA), in collaboration with Madhav KRG Group and Initiative supported by Hindustan Zinc Limited has launched Asia’s first-ever Continuous Galvanized Rebar (CGR) Manufacturing Facility today. The plant was virtually inaugurated by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan – Hon’ble Union Minister of Steel, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India (GoI) along with Mr. Sunil Duggal – Group CEO-Vedanta Limited & CEO-Hindustan Zinc and Mr. Andrew Green – Executive Director, International Zinc Association, Global and other representatives.
The first-of-its-kind facility, situated near Gobindgarh in Punjab, will produce a new product, Continuously Galvanized Rebar (CGR). CGRs are value-added rebars for higher life and low maintenance of infrastructure to provide significant cost savings compared to other corrosion-resistant rebar systems. It offers on-site formability of the finished product, superior corrosion resistance in concrete at a price cheaper than another corrosion-resistant rebar (Epoxy Coating & CRS rebar)
With an annual capacity of over 30,000 tonnes, the plant will manufacture ZNCOAT TEMPCORE TMT BARS under the brand name – JYOTI – a name that is now synonymous with excellence in steel manufacturing. This will be the first brand in Asia to apply CGR technology that will not only be superior but will also enhance life span of the rebars thereby reducing the overall maintenance cost.
Commenting about the new facility, Mr. Sudhir Goyal – Managing Director, Madhav KRG Group said, “Unlike painting and epoxy which are solely barrier-type coatings, CGRs are known to provide superior corrosion protection – both barrier and sacrificial – that further enhances the lifecycle of the underlying steel. I would like to thank the entire team of International Zinc Association and Hindustan Zinc Limited for their support in helping us bring this technology to India that will further help minimize the damage cause by corrosion and put India on the global map for its sustainable usage of zinc.”
“In the last ten years, Indian zinc demand grew at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4-5%. However, usage of galvanized rebars and especially CGRs has been limited despite the fact that it bonds in par with concrete than uncoated rebar, thereby doubling the life of big concrete structures. As the government of India looks to strengthen Indian infrastructure, it calls for the need to adopt durable and proven corrosion protection methods, like structure galvanization. With continuous support from players like Madhav KGR and Hindustan Zinc Limited, we are confident of the shift to better national practices to help support India’s efforts towards sustainable evolution.” said Dr. Andrew Green, Executive Director, International Zinc Association (IZA) addressing the audience.