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November 14, 2011

The TRL Krosaki Refractories HRD team bagged second prize in the National Awards for Innovative Training Practices organized by ISTD

The TRL Krosaki Refractories HRD team won the second prize in the National Awards for Innovative Training Practices instituted by the Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD). The award will be conferred by ISTD at its annual function to be held in Kolkata on January 20-21, 2012. D Behera, GM (PR & HRD) of TRL Krosaki Refractories participated in the competition held on October 22, 2011, at the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi, and presented a number of case studies on innovative training practices in the company. The presentation was appreciated by the members of the jury as the “most practical” practices.
The various case studies of the company’s innovative flagship training programmes included millwrights (six-month-long workmen multi skill development programme), management development programme (ten-weeks-long programme focusing on holistic development of young managers), customer training programme, practices like human resources readiness analysis for training need identification, etc.
According to the sources it was a high-profile competition with 17 top notch companies and training institutions like Reliance, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Tata Teleservices, Indian Police Academy (Hyderabad), Maharashtra State Electricity Board, Steel Authority of India (SAIL), Muruguppa Group, Aditya Birla Group, Vedanta, RPG Group, and Rane Group were some of the organizations competing for this award.
TRL Krosaki Refractories is endowed with world-class training facilities with a state-of-the-art learning centre, a full-fledged maintenance training centre and a unique refractories engineering workshop. It has a pool of over 160 internal faculty spread across different areas of specialization. Innovative methods like Share Your Knowledge Forum, Trekking, and outbound development programmes adopted by the company help to improve learning, leadership and similar qualities.
(Source: Tata Companies Media Releases)
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December 11, 2010

Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) Quality Circles bagged Gold at International Convention in Hyderabad

Tata Refractories Limited (TRL)
Two Quality Circles of TRL named “Millennium” and “Sampurna” are awarded with gold and the third Quality Circle “Minar” got Silver in the International Convention on Quality Circle Concept (ICQCC – 10) held at Hyderabad from October 12-15, 2010. TRL fielded three Quality circle teams and all of them brought laurels for the company. Reputed organizations like BHEL, TATA STEEL, TATA POWER, SAIL, HINDALCO, ASP, NTPC, BAJAJ, BEL, BPCL, NALCO, OCL, HERO HONDA, MUL, GODREJ, L&T, TATA TINPLATE, TITAN etc. had participated in the convention. Dr. A K Chattopadhyay, the Managing Director congratulated and felicitated members of the Quality Circle teams. TRL has always encouraged small group activities like Quality Circles where workers take up quality and work related problems to develop solutions. Quality Circle movement started at TRL in the early 90’s as a part of Total Quality Management.  At present 103 quality circles groups are active involving nearly 63% of the employees. In order to encourage more participation by workers, a Quality Night is organized every year where the workers & their spouses were invited for a gala dinner by MD and senior executives. This year the quality night was organized on October 05, 2010 where 1172 workers & officers attended along with their spouses.

November 27, 2010

Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) achieves highest heats in Tata Steel LD-2 and in Steel Authority of India Limited's (SAIL) Bokaro SMS-1

Tata Refractories Limited (TRL)
TRL has achieved the highest straight life of 99 heats in the LD-2 steel ladle of 160 MT capacity with Alumina Magnesia Carbon (AMC) bricks in the metal zone recently. It is reported that the erosion was quite uniform and the ladle was having potential to go up to 105 heats although, it was put down considering the risk factor associated to this.
In another instance, Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) achieved the highest life of 83 heats in SMS-1 ladle of SAIL’s (Steel Authority of India Ltd) Bokaro steel plant surpassing the previous best of 77 heats with its TATA FRT – 2 bricks. Following these achievements TRL congratulated Tata Steel LD-2 team and BSL Refractory and SMS-1 team of SAIL Bokaro for rendering all support.
Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) is the No. 1 refractory company in India with an annual production capacity of around 380000 MT. Its refractories works at Belpahar, Orissa is considered to be the largest among all single refractory producing units in the world. The company has a wide range of products having the ability to meet the refractories requirement for all type of industries.

July 21, 2010

Refractory News: Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) and Indian Refractories Makers' Association (IRMA) join hands to impart training on Refractory Technology

According to a recent media release from Tata Group, Tata Refractories (TRL) and Indian Refractories Makers’ Association (IRMA) have joined hands to impart training on refractories technology. Accordingly, a three-month training programme has been started in JJ Irani Centre for Learning at TRL, Belpahar, from June 14, 2010. Ten shop floor supervisors from different refractories companies such as Orient Abrasives, ACE Caldery Limited, Maithan Ceramics, Visva Vishal Engineering, Industrial Associates, Servesh Refractories and Raj Ceramics are attending the training programme. There is a scarcity of Refractory professionals which is one of the main reasons for the big demand for trained personnel in refractory industry. Dr. Arup Kumar Chattopadhyay, MD, TRL, who is also the chairman, IRMA, has taken this initiative to meet this requirement of the industry. It is also a step towards cooperation and collaboration among refractories companies in India, opines Dr. Chattopadhyay. B.N. Ghosh, ex-director of TRL and a well known refractories expert inaugurated the training programme in the presence of A. Dasgupta, executive secretary, IRMA; S. Adak, VP, Technology, TRL; and P. Chakrabarty, GM, Technology, TRL. While the HRD department of TRL is coordinating the programme, the faculty support is drawn mostly from Tata Refractories and a few from other industries. TRL, the number one refractories company in India is also a leader in training and development activities. Equipped with a state-of-the-art learning centre, an unique refractories engineering workshop and a host of experienced and knowledgeable faculty among its executives, TRL’s training facilities and competence level are unrivalled.
Source: Tata Group | Tata Refractories | Media Releases   

October 5, 2008

Glimpses of the Growth of Refractory Industry in India

The Indian Refractory Industry is more than a century old. With the passage of time it has made considerable improvements both in terms of volume of production & quality of products. The strengths of the Indian Refractory Industry are its assets like -
  • Availability of many raw materials in the country itself.
  • Availability of skilled & qualified manpower at a cheap rate.
  • Presence of a continuously increasing, big market within the country itself.
These resources have been fully exploited by the refractory manufacturers to derive maximum benefits from them. According to a recent data at present, the Refractory Industry in India has an installed capacity of 1.7 million metric tons per annum from about 90 refractory units out of which 30 large and medium and 60 small scale units with a capital investment of about Rs.800 crores & providing direct employment to more than 30000 people engaged in manufacturing various grades of refractories as per international standards and qualities. The annual production from these units has been in the range of 0.70 million tons, which implies capacity utilization of less than 50% of the installed capacity. This figure reflects that the trend of refractory production in India is almost comparable with the world trend where total installed capacity of about 2000 companies is roughly 40 million tons and the production is about 20 million tons which is almost 50% of capacity utilization.

Sector wise consumption of Refractories

Refractory Consumption (%)
Although non-ferrous consuming industries of refractories are there in a significant number but the steel industry being the major consumer of the refractory products (ref the ‘Sector wise Refractory Consumption’ Table), the demand - supply pattern of refractories have invariably been influenced by the technological & production changes in the Steel Industry. In India the first Refractory manufacturing unit was set up at Raniganj in 1874 by Burn & Company (now Burn Standard Co. Ltd) to cater to the needs of Ordinance Factory, Railway workshops, Calcutta mint, Foundries etc. With the setting up of Tata Steel and Indian Iron & Steel Company in the beginning of the century the demand of refractories increased. As a result several refractory manufacturing units were set up like - Kumardhubi Fireclay & Silica Works (KFS), Bihar Firebricks, Reliance Firebricks etc. After independence of India a number of integrated steel plants were set up by Hindustan Steel (now SAIL) at Durgapur, Bhilai, Rourkela and Tata Steel also doubled its capacity with technology up-gradation. To meet their requirements Burn & Co. Ltd expanded their manufacturing capacity and set up more units in West Bengal, Bihar, MP and Tamil Nadu. A number of small - medium refractory units came in and around Asansol - Durgapur - Chirkunda - Dhanbad belt viz. Bihar Pottery at Rupnarainpur, National Refractory at Salanpur, Hindustan Refractory at Durgapur, India Refractories (later on Kesoram Refractories & now ORIND Bengal) at Kulti, Harry Refractories at Kalubathan, Maithan Ceramics & Valley Refractories at Chirkunda etc just to name a few. Several large scale refractory plants were set up during this period with latest know-how like - Belpahar Refractories (now Tata Refractories Limited), Orissa Cement (now OCL India Ltd), Orissa Industries (ORIND), ACC Refractories (Ace Refractories Ltd), India Firebricks & Insulation etc. During 70’s with the setting up of Bokaro Steel Plant and modernization / expansion of major steel plants the demand of refractories went up. Few more units came up in private & public sectors like - Ipitata Refractories (now Nilachal Refractories), Raasi Refractories Ltd, Indo Flogate (IFGL), Bharat Refractories etc. Unfortunately with the change in steel technology and demand of better type of refractories by other industries, requirement of conventional refractories reduced considerably resulting in a closure of some of these old Refractory units. The introduction of L.D. converters, continuous casting and secondary steel making processes in India demanded refractory products of a highly sophisticated and resilient kind. From 80’s onwards the demand for sophisticated refractories started to increase as in order to increase their campaign life & reduce cost of production. Besides Steel, other industries like - Cement, Hydrocarbon, Sponge iron, Glass, Aluminium etc also started to opt for such new generation refractories in place of the conventional types. Again, in the new millennium since India has been witnessing a spurt in the growth of steel production by capacity enhancement of most of the Integrated Steel Plants as well as due to the upcoming of quite a few big Integrated Steel Plants in the private sector. Because of this growing demand of Refractories within the country and as a result of post liberalization era (open door business policy taken by the Indian Govt) not only some of the existing large scale Refractory Plants have either made tie-ups with some other international giant or even opted for new acquisitions in another country but also, the Indian Refractory Industry as whole needed to invest further in their R&D activities, improve manufacturing technology both in terms of quality & quantity in tandem with the changes of the consuming industries. Also refer to the artcle Milestones in the Development of Refractories in India.

The Table below presents an account of some of the important events in the growth of the Indian Refractory Industry.

YearImportant Events in the Refractory Industry
1874First Refractory unit by Burn & Company at Raniganj
1905Kumardhubi Fireclay & Silica Works (KFS) at Chirkunda started production.
1934Parashuram Pottery Works at Morvi.
1940Basic Brick production started at Tata Steel.
1949Harry Refractories at Kalubathan near Dhanbad.
1957OCL established with Dr. C. Otto & Co. (WG).
1958Belpahar Refractories in collaboration with Didier Werke (WG).
1962India Refractories established in collaboration with Pragnovist, Czeckoslovakia
1963ORIND with the help of Harbison Waker (USA).
1966Carborundum Unioversal with Carborundum Co (USA)
1973Rajhans Refractories Pvt. Ltd, Katrasgargh.
1974Bharat Refractories (BRL)
1970'sMaithan Ceramics, Valley Refractories, Perfect Refractories, etc.
1980'sIndo Flogates, SNCCIL, IPITATA Refractories, Orient Abrasive, Orient Cerawool, Raasi Refractory, VRW Refract, Castwell, Refractory Specialities, Mahakoshal Ceramics, etc
1990'sVesuvius India Ltd, Katni Tile Works, SKG Refract, Pacific Refract, Sarvesh Refract etc

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