Vedanta Becomes 1st Co Making Aluminium Cylinder Head Alloy for Automotive Industry in India

Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd has become the first Indian company making aluminium cylinder head alloy for the automotive industry in India. Currently, this alloy has been entirely imported from other countries into India.

February 11, 2021. By Manu Tayal

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Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd has become the first Indian company making aluminium cylinder head alloy for the automotive industry in India. Currently, this alloy has been entirely imported from other countries into India.

Aluminium cylinder head alloy has been a critical raw material for manufacturing cylinder heads and other automotive components.

The Cylinder Head Alloy leverages material design to help automakers increase efficiency of internal combustion engines for improved performance on emission control, in line with BS-VI and CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency / Economy) norms.

The company has unveiled the product for the domestic industry at the 2nd Automotive Raw Material Localization Conclave & Exhibition, hosted by Automotive Components Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA).

Vedanta has invested in creating this cylinder head alloy capacity of 10,000 tonnes using world class technology of Befesa (Spain) and Properzi (Italy). This initiative is in alignment with the government’s thrust on self-reliance to cater to the domestic requirement of automotive companies and original equipment manufacturers to rely on indigenously procured material. Localisation of the domestic raw material supply chain will surely help the Indian automotive industry, the company said in a statement.

Looking at the growing sustainability consciousness and faster rate of adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV) and hybrids globally, Vedanta has also created a centre of excellence for R&D and innovation, and is well placed to cater to the emerging needs of the automotive industry.

During the occasion, Ajay Kapur, CEO – Aluminium & Power, and Managing Director – Commercial, Vedanta Ltd, said, “for India to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025 and an economic powerhouse, the entire manufacturing sector has a crucial role to play. India’s auto component sector is among the fastest growing but lags in contribution to manufacturing turnover. The Indian auto component industry’s aspirations of having a significant share of the global trade calls for a renewed focus on localization on every business front, particularly with respect to sourcing raw materials. As India’s leading producer of a vast array of globally acclaimed metals and value-added products, Vedanta aims to partner with various industry sectors, especially automotive and auto ancillary industry, across their entire value chain, from large players to MSMEs, for the nation’s growth.”

Addressing the industry representatives, Ruchika Jha, CEO – HZL Silver Business, and Chief Marketing Officer – Vedanta Ltd, said, “There is immense opportunity for India to leverage domestic capabilities and potentially substitute automotive parts imports of nearly USD 12 billion. Vedanta is a natural partner for the automotive industry, well-resourced to create long-term value for automotive component manufacturers.”

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