Rourkela: The Steel  Authority of India Limited (SAIL) chairman, P K Singh, Friday said only product differentiation and best in quality would help in facing the competition in a highly over capacities global scenario.

“In present scenario, only the best in the class will survive. At a time of high over capacities across the world, product differentiation is the requirement of the hour and we have to match the best in quality, variety and standards,” the Sail chairman said while exhorting the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) collective, “Transformation of SAIL has began, let us all be part of it”.  

Singh , who was here on a visit to the plant interacted with a cross section of around 700 employees, said  Rourkela has one of the best work forces in the industry where the ramping up after modernisation was achieved in one of the shortest times.

SAIL s Director (Finance) Anil Chaudhary, Director (Technical) Raman and RSP CEO Ashwini Kumar were also part of the interaction with the employees during the brainstorming session.

A RSP spokesperson said that the plant, which boasts of a 4300 mm wide state-of-the-art New Plate Mill, has carved a name for itself as a unique producer of special grades of steels. He said the plant has teamed up with the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) and the Indian Navy to develop special grade DMR-249A steel plates for Indian Naval requirements. Also, the plant will meet the indigenous requirements of various sectors including manufacturing, power and the construction sector, a statement from RSP said.

RSP s New Plate Mill along with Special Plate Plant have created unique facilities for making of special grades steels for defence applications thereby increasing the capacity of quenched, tempered plates with desired ballistic qualities. The plant also aims at catering to niche markets as well as to reduce the import burden on nation.

Plates with newer specifications (like API 5L X-70 PSL-2 grade), cost effective and quality plates for the construction sector produced using TMCP (Thermo Mechanically Controlled Process) are featuring in the new product basket of SAIL and import substituting products aimed for defence sector are already under development.

Besides, the New Plate Mill is rolling boiler quality plates of a thickness of 140 mm in the grade IS 2002 GR-II, which is again an import substitution product, it added.

SAIL s Director (Finance) Anil Chaudhary, Director (Technical) Raman and CEO, RSP Ashwini Kumar were also part of the intensive interaction with the employees during the brainstorming session.