New Delhi : International Zinc Association (IZA), a leading industry association dedicated exclusively to the interests of zinc,in association with Hindustan Zinc Limited organized the 3rd International Galvanizing Conference here in national capital today. The conference,inaugurated by the Dharmendra Pradhan – Hon’ble Union Minister of Steel, Petroleum & natural Gas, Government of India (GoI) and Faggan Singh Kulaste – Hon’ble Minister of Steel (State), Government of India (GoI), isone of India’s largest galvanizing conference. Over 250 Indian and
International delegates including ministry officials, opinion leaders, zinc producers, galvanizers, end users of galvanized products, industry executives from Railways, highway authorities, architects and design consultants came together to deliberate on the issue of corrosion and discuss how to build sustainable infrastructure for the country. The conference highlighted the global emerging trends in corrosion free infrastructure, like galvanised steel and ZTS, for sustainable development.
Also launched at the occasion was a study on Corrosion Performance of Galvanized Sheet Steel, started in 2013 where steel samples were exposed across five significant locations to cover all the geographies and weather & pollution condition of India,in collaboration with National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi. The extent of corrosion was measured by assessing the weight loss of metal due to corrosion. The study evaluated Galvanized and 55% Al-Zn coated steel produced by several of India’s leading steel companies. The study aimed to arrive at recommendations to the current Indian Codes & Standards to allow improved service life of exterior roofing and cladding and to extend the life of buildings and outdoor appliances to world class levels. This would significantly enhance our understanding of the India’s corrosion map & help future specifiers & policy makers to design our structures taking into account the corrosion aspect. Link to the report –
Addressing the meet, the steel minister assured the industry of full support from the government and deliberated on how zinc will play an important role towards building infrastructure for the nation. “Our country is witnessing large-scale infrastructure expansion owing to many efforts including The Smart Cities Mission. This calls for the need to adopt durable and proven corrosion protection methods, like structure galvanisation. I would like to congratulate the entire team of International Zinc Association and Hindustan Zinc for their advocacy for better national practices to help support India’s efforts towards sustainable evolution and GDP growth.”