Kamachi TMT bars comes from the stable of the TamilNadu based Kamachi group that began its journey in mild steel scrap trading in the late seventies. Today, the company has grown to become one of the leading players, dedicated to producing high quality TMT bars from single fully integrated steel melting and rolling plant. The in-house chemical properties testing equipment and state-of-the-art physical properties testing equipments, along with round-the-clock functioning assure the stringent specifications for the customers are met to a perfect ‘T’. In an exclusive interaction with The Masterbuilder, Managing Director Vinod Kothari threw light on various aspects, related to tensile behaviour of steel bars to the impact of BIS, on the steel industry.
What goes into producing clean and homogenous TMT steel bars?
Apart from high quality inputs, consistency across the entire production range, raw materials, intermediate and finished product, automation and rigorous testing are the backbone to homogenous TMT Bars at kamachi, with over 50 million bars produced over a year, we follow a total quality program that puts consistency at the heart of everything we do.
Tell us about the DRI – IF – LRF Concast route, deployed by Kamachi.
It is one of the most cost effective ways to produce steel, while maintaining prime quality. Direct reduced iron is the purest form of raw material available. Harmful sulphur levels are even controlled with micro precision. While induction furnaces melts the DRI, the liquid refining furnaces refines to the purest form possible. Billets produced through the Concast route are free from any air pockets and maintain better integrity when compared to regular billets.
What is your current output capacity? How does this impact pricing for consumers?
The current output capacity is .5 mn tons per annum. The high volume directly translates to lower costs for the customers, while maintaining the desired international quality.
Your product is known for excellent bond strength with concrete. Tell us about it.
Clean raw materials lead to lesser impurities and high pressure descaler clears out the scales, before the steel is rolled. This avoids the thin film of scales found in ordinary TMT Bars. The rib pattern and robotic notching machines ensure maximum and consistent surface available to concrete, for excellent bonding.
Take us through the tensile behaviour of your steel bars.
Tensile strength of the bar reflects directly on the quality of the bars. With German Thermex Technology at Kamachi, pure steel is rolled in an equally world class German rolling mill ensuring the billets are treated with precision and care. Our tensile strength is, at least, 8 percent higher than BIS. During high stress times like earthquakes, the extra tensile strength comes in, as a life saver.
What has been the impact of BIS in the Steel Industry?
BIS has been implemented recently for the flat steel products, while long products, like TMT bars have always been under the purview of the BIS. While it instils confidence in the buyers’ mind, the consumers have to ensure that manufacturers adhere to these guidelines strictly.
What about MIP?
While there is no direct impact, higher prices in the implemented sectors may trickle down to TMT too.
Are you seeing an increase in consumption?
The latest development in sectors, like highways, bridges, etc has increased the demand. However, consumption in the real estate segment is still sluggish.
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