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Auto and auto component industry  needs to gear up for new challenges including fighting corrosion , one of the largest factor causing exterior and auto component degradation  and find ways to reduce fuel emissions by changing the fundamentals of automotive design with use of advanced materials.

Experts attending the day long  Conference on Addressing Corrosion in Auto & Auto Component Industry organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) –Corrosion Management Committee (CII-CMC) as part of ongoing AutoExpo 2018 said that Corrosion is widely recognized as one of the biggest challenge faced by the automotive industry, and is probably one of the single largest factor causing exterior degradation of automotive surfaces resulting in huge warranty claims that the automotive manufacturers have to face.

“India   loses INR 2 trillion (USD 40 billion) every year due to corrosion of infrastructure, industrial equipment, automobiles  and other vital installations. Corrosion has a huge economic and environmental impact on virtually all facets of the world’s infrastructure, from highways, bridges, and buildings to oil and gas, chemical processing, water and waste water systems and particularly auto and auto componentsector ” Said Mr. Vijay A. Pankhawala Deputy Director – Business Development & Corporate Planning Department Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Government of India speaking at the seminar.

“As fighting corrosion and forthcoming  increasingly stringent emission requirements change the fundamentals of automotive design, new advanced materials play an increasingly important role. Advanced materials, specialized design and deep expertise are needed.. The need to fight corrosion in automobiles as well auto components and reduce fuel emissions is forcing dramatic change in automotive engineering, as manufacturers seek a way to balance the conflicting needs of fuel efficiency, performance and passenger safety.” Said Mr Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, member CII-CMC and Managing Director, Outokumpu India while speaking at inaugural session of the seminar.

“The best solution to fight corrosion and controlling emission norms will require a complex mix of lightweight construction, superior corrosion resistance and high-strength materials that perform well at high temperatures – the kind of advanced materials including sdtainless steel “ said MR Suri.

Confederation of Indian Industry-Corrosion Management Committee (CII-CMC) was constituted in 2006 under the chairmanship of Padma Shiri awardee, Dr. Baldev Raj, Director, National Institute of Advance Studies, Bengaluru to address this crucial subject and educate the industry about solutions to tackle and control this menace. Nearly 1500 organisations have benefitted from knowledge sessions and audits on Corrosion Management conducted by the CII-CMC committee. An annual action plan has been devised wherein a number of training initiatives have been planned across India.

The others who spoke at the seminar included Mr. Neeraj Munjal Managing Director Shivam Autotech Ltd, Mr. Prabhakar Bantwal Chairman & Managing Director Suprabha Protective Products Pvt Ltd, Dr. U Kamachi Mudali Chairman & CEO Heavy Water Board & Co-chairman, CII – CMC and Mr. Meghan Manjrekar Director National Institute of Coating Technology.


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