New Delhi: A national seminar on ancillary and downstream industries on theme ‘Aluminium Sector: Investment Opportunities and Employment Potential’, organised by Aluminium Association of India (AAI) was held here on Wednesday.


The AAI president and Nalco CMD, Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, while addressing the seminar, said  the aluminium consumption is growing considerably and very soon India would be among the largest users in the world. “As demand of aluminium is expected to rise further, it is essential to achieve momentum and reduce carbon footprints”, he added.

Dr. Chand said that AAI  has requested union ministry of mines  to constitute an Aluminium Development Council consisting of primary  and secondary producers to prepare aluminium mission 2032 and promote consumption of aluminium in India. Stating that AAI has submitted its budget proposal on import  and export duty in aluminium sector to government of India, he clarified that at present there is no need for minimum import price.

Subhash Chandra, joint secretary in the ministry of mines,  stressed on the role of primary industries in aluminium sector towards the development of local areas where they are operating.  He also stressed on enhancing the livelihood of the local people by encouraging skill development and self-employment.

The national seminar was attended by industry captains from all primary industries and from many downstream and ancillary industries, R & D organizations including CSRI, JNARDDC, IIT, Bhubaneswar, management consulting organizations and other academic institutes and National Small Industries Corporation Ltd (NSIC).