Core Team Messages

Chairman's Message

SIMA, as an apex body of all Sponge Iron Manufacturers in India, has always been trying to live with their difficulties and aspirations. It is true that often there is a diversity of members’ interests, occasionally interest are conflicting as well. SIMA has had little difficulties in going to the essence of the issue and bringing out industry interest, even if some members have momentarily a difference with it.

In line with the changes in the interests and aspirations of its members, SIMA has reached out to represent the integration interests of the DRI produces in their in house production of pellets, steel, iron ore/coal. The prevalence and growth of steel making in the Medium and small sector is quite unique to India. The world is watching with interest how this sector is adjusting to the volatility and dynamics of the world steel. It is time to get together, learn from each other, listen to the views and analysis of the leading voices in the world industry. Hopefully, the changes in the website reflect this.

SIMA is also seeking to collaborate with world bodies which have overlapping interests.

The fourth DRI summit at Delhi and the Dubai conference in April,2019 are pointers to these efforts. SIMA is grateful to the confidence of its members, the industry, the industry leaders, the government in its journey of meeting the multiple and ever changing scenarios.

Vice Chairman's Message

SIMA, since it’s establishment in 1992 has been a Voice of Sponge Iron Steel Industry. It’s gives a common platform for Sponge Iron manufacturer & other manufacturing industry associated with Sponge Iron to discuss about developments & challenges they face to keep & sustain the pace to meet Steel Industry demand of low Cost & high Quality input.

There are over 400 Sponge iron units in India, shortage of scrap coupled with steeply rising prices of both domestic and globally sourced scrap led to the substitution of scrap by sponge iron in the charge and this is possibly the single most important factor leading to the rapid growth of the Sponge iron units in India. The growth in the Sponge Iron sector has been driven by domestic availability of raw materials such as iron ore, coal and cost-effective labour.

Government of India’s focus on infrastructure and restarting road projects is aiding the boost in demand for steel. Also, further likely acceleration in rural economy and infrastructure is expected to lead to growth in demand for steel. This gives numerous opportunities for Sponge Iron Manufacturer to bring innovative services, new ways to make smarter decisions to meet customer’s demands & and use of available resources more efficiently without affecting the environment.

The Sponge iron industry has always helped the Indian steel industry – especially the electric steel producers – to overcome a crippling shortage and spiraling price of scrap feed for steel making. The primary push for the growth of this sector has come from the rapid expansion of secondary steel making in India.

I would like to thank all our stakeholders for their continued co-operation. With all our commitment to hard work, desire for innovation, and an ambition to be the best, the future belongs to us.

We welcome all our stake holders to participate this year conference in Dubai.

Executive Director's Message

SIMA was created in 1992 basically to promote the sponge iron industry in India. With the fast changing steel scenario in India, the role of this all India apex trade body is also changing. We have today merchant sponge iron producers, sponge iron based steel producers, long product producers, iron ore & coal miners, technology & equipment suppliers etc as its members. This change over a period of time has taken place with idea of bringing all stake holders at one platform. Today, we have our members like Tata Steel, JSW Steel, Essar Steel, Jindal Steel & Power, Sunflag Iron & Steel Co. Ltd, Tata Sponge Iron Ltd, Lloyds Metal & Energy, Godawari Power & Ispat Ltd, Sarda Energy & Minerals Ltd, Welspun Steel, BMM Ltd, Rungta Mines Ltd, Surendra Mining, Monnet Ispat & Energy, Jayaswal Neco Industries Ltd etc. Regional SIMAs are also its members. Besides them, leading technology suppliers like Midrex Technologies Inc., USA, Tenova HYL Technologies, Mexico are the members of SIMA.

SIMA has been in the forefront in interacting with the different central and state agencies in their policy formulation conducive to the growth of sponge iron and steel industry.

It has also been conducting regularly events to keep their members abreast with latest technological innovations in the areas of equipment & process and energy related technologies. In April 2019, it organized a world class conference in Dubai entitled “Asian Conference on Metallics for Steel Making” covering metallics like sponge iron, steel melting scrap, pig iron and related raw materials and infrastructure issues.

It will be our endeavor to ensure the sustainable growth of metallics not only in India but globally basically to conserve natural resources, recycling of the steel and reduction of carbon foot prints.

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