Electrotherm forays into TMT steel bars
Ahmedabad, Mar 3 (UNI) Induction furnace major Electrotherm today announced its foray into thermo-mechanically tested (TMT) steel reinforcement bars under brand name 'Electro TMT Plus', produced at its modern steel plant at Samakhiyali in Kutch district.
Company's Director Shailesh Bhandari told mediapersons here that the TMT bars, produced in its induction furnaces at its fully integrated plant, have several advantages over conventional cold-twisted and other TMT bars.
He said, the 'Electro TMT Plus' bars are made out of billets, and not ingots, giving them more tensile and ductile strength, with higher elongation value than that specified under IS: 1786.
These bars are produced in standard 12-metre length in the wide range of 8-12 mm, to be raised to 33 mm shortly.
Mr Bhandari said due to their continuous rib pattern and rib depth, these bars bond better with concrete and have superior weldability. They can be bent around small diameter mandrels and rolled in close tolerances.
He said the Rs 165-crore 300,000 tonne per annum (tpa) 'TMT Plus' bar division is a part of the Rs 440-crore fully integrated steel plant at Samakhiyali.
The division has six 20-tonne induction furnaces, two 25-tonne DC plasma ladle refining furnaces, continuous casters, a separate line for stainless steel, rolling mills for rounds, sponge iron kilns and a 30 MW power plant.
In marketing parlance, thse bars have 11 'solid advantages' - parentage (itself producing induction furnaces), raw material (billets made in-house), integrated manufacturing process, cost-effective, strength (induction and plasma processes), easy to bend, bond, weld, purity and human resources (from in-house research and development to project execution), he said.
During the last 25 years, Electrotherm has installed over 1,500 furnaces in India and 30 countries, contributing to over 15 million tonnes of steel produced worldwide, he added.
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