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Tata Steel claims Indian recycling first

Tata Steel has commissioned a new recycling plant in India to process 500 000 tonnes of scrap per year for use in the steel-making industry, saying it is the first of its kind in the country.

The facility at Rohtak, Haryana will handle scrap procured from markets such as end-of-life vehicles, industrial, households, construction and demolition. Tata says it is part of its commitment to a more sustainable business.

Tata Steel has also launched two new brands – Tata FerroBaled and Tata FerroShred – for the baled & shredded ferrous scrap produced in its new facility. These high quality scrap products are said to promise a ‘much-needed raw material fillip’ to the Indian steel industry by making available quality processed ferrous scrap and reducing the dependency on imports.

Rendering of Tata Steel’s new site in India.

‘Both Tata FerroBaled and Tata FerroShred promise high cleanliness, low contamination, high bulk density, lower tramp elements and no radioactivity,’ says a new release. ‘The products would be accompanied with test certificates, another first for the scrap industry, along with value propositions like higher yield, better productivity, lower conversion costs, lower transportation and handling costs and overall a better quality.’

Yogesh Bedi, chief steel recycling business, Tata Steel, points out that steel can be recycled infinitely without losing its properties. ‘From that perspective, steel scrap is a valuable resource and an important future raw material for steel making,’ he says. ‘Recycling scrap ensures the closure of the circular economy loop. The brand names will give a distinct identity to the processed scrap and ensure a standardised quality product for the customer and simultaneously raise the bar of the scrap industry.’

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