– Capital goods and process equipment industry represented by process plant & machinery association of india and larsen & toubro had pointed out major anomalies in the stainelss steel quality control order
– Industry demands unhindered imports of stainless steel flat products as per international standards & bis. Seconds, defectives and non standard must be banned.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has written to Ministry of Steel to reconsider the Stainless Steel Products Quality Control Order including grant of more time before implementing it. DIPP in its letter dated August 22, 2016 referring to representation made by various capital goods industry associations and end users including Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI0 and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has said that these stake holders should be engaged and various issues raised by them be examined to ensure standards and equitable, implementable and ease of doing business enabled.
Various value added segment of downstream capital goods industry had been writing to various concerned ministries including Ministry of steel pointing out major anomalies in the Quality control order . The Stainless Steel Products quality Control Order makes it mandatory to register with BIS and prohibits manufacture, import, storage, sale and distribution of Stainless steel products by trade and industry without such registration.
“End user industry had been pointing out that BIS standard IS 6911 has errors clearly evidencing that BIS standards are not ready to serve the needs of the domestic industrial sector who buy stainless steel as per International standards only. No one buys stainless steel as per BIS and no stainless steel producer in India manufactures as per BIS. American Standards for Testing of Materials (ASTM) is considered mother of all standards and therefore stainless steel products as per ASTM and Euro standards should be allowed by the Quality Control order along with BIS” said Mr V P Ramachandran . Secretary ,PPMAI .
“More over BIS standards are not revised and do not include hundreds of new grades which are being used globally for the high end industrial applications. Steel Ministry informed us that Jindal Stainless took nine months for registration and despite the same the Ministry of steel has given only Three months for implementation of Quality control Order to international companies. Interestingly BIS procedure needs at least Six months for registration. Carbon Steel was given 15 months time by the steel ministry” added Mr Ramachandran
“ PPMAI demands that Steel Ministry should actually FOCUS to stop manufacturing and imports of NON STANDARD stainless steel products used for making utensils products by the leading local mills including JSL and SALEM and others as well as ban flood of such imports of non standard grades to protect the consumer interest . Shockingly this NON STANDARD VOLUME constitutes 60% of the stainless steel demand IN INDIA. Is this serving ZERO DEFECT vision of PM ?“ asked Mr Ramachandran.