This year, the Pellet Manufacturers’ Association of India (PMAI) organised a workshop near the world famous, UNESCO archaeological site, Hampi, at Hospet, jointly with MSPL on January 20 and 21, 2020, which received an overwhelming response from participating members. There were around 100 participants, including delegates from 14 pellet plants spread across six states of India, faculty members/resource persons, officials from SteelMint and volunteers/staff from MSPL, who organised the entire event. Faculty was drawn from experts having over two decades of operating experience in the pellets industry as well as major equipment suppliers.

During the workshop’s inaugural session, M.V. Subba Rao, CMD, KIOCL gave an excellent overview of the pellets industry. His keynote address was followed by talks by N.D. Rao of Odisha Metaliks, Rahul Baldota of MSPL, Tanveer Ahmed of Minera Steel, Rahul Mittal of Janki Corporation, Wang Xianjun from X India Steels and Deepak Bhatnagar, Secretary General of PMAI.

They all stressed on the importance of creating awareness on productivity, energy consumption, quality and safety aspects among pellet plant operators. They also advised that we should be very strong in data, especially operational data, which should be used by pellet plants for increasing operational efficiency and better global competitiveness.

Keeping in view the vision of the government on “Skill India”, the PMAI has been organising skill development workshops for shop floor technicians and operators at different pellet plants in the country. The first workshop was organised at IMMT (CSIR Lab), Bhubaneswar in June 2017, which was followed by another at Raipur (organised at SEML in November 2017), and Barbil (organised at JSPL) in November 2018.

A unique feature of this year’s workshop was a technical exhibition by insmart systems from Hyderabad, which showcased quality control solutions for the iron & steel sector, including the pellets industry. They also arranged an exhibition with live demonstration of their sampling and testing equipment.

The MSPL team organised a visit to the MSPL pellet plant on day 2 of the workshop.