Tata Steel, an arm of the $18.12 billion global steel major with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) and operations in 26 countries, has now come up with India’s maiden branded LD slag product under the brand names- Tata Aggreto and Tata Nirman. The two new branded products will find large applications in road, fly ash brick and clinker making. The addition of these two branded products in Tata Steel’s portfolio will be significant for the company and the industry as it marks India’s first step in the branded products category for processed steel slag, top company officials said.
The roll out of Tata Aggreto and Tata Nirman from the stable of Tata Steel has actually been a logical step forward in the company journey towards creating value out of by-products and thereby contribute meaningfully to a sustainable ecosystem, these officials said.
Interestingly, Tata Steel produces a wide range of Industrial by-products which serve as key raw materials for various industries. Industrial By-Products Management Division (IBMD) deals with all by-products generated in the steelmaking value chain from raw materials to finished goods stage. IBMD came into existence as a profit centre in the year 2009 as secondary products, and renamed as industrial by-products management division (IBMD) in August 2014. At present, it is a Rs. 3000-crore plus business unit with sale of about 10 mtpa of by-products. The division deals with collection, processing, marketing and sale of co-products spanning more than 20 categories.
“We at Tata Steel are extremely happy to have launched Tata Aggreto and Tata Nirman, which are designed to create value for customers, end users and Tata Steel. Tata Steel has always believed in sustainable growth which has been embedded at the very core of our work ethos and, following this philosophy, we are on a journey to reduce the carbon footprint. The launch of Tata Aggreto and Tata Nirman will help us progress further in this journey,” said T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel.
Senior officials of the company pointed out that Tata Aggreto is produced out of 0-65 mm processed LD slag with four different size ranges for convenience in design mix. Owing to its size and texture, it is suitable for use in bituminous and concrete road construction. Tata Nirman, on its parts, produced from 0-6mm LD Slag, can be used as a replacement of sand and lime in fly ash bricks, whereas it can partially replace lime in clinker making.