Milan, Belvedere di Palazzo Lombardia, July 2nd, 09.00
The platform for synergies for cooperating with India mainly in the aluminium industrial sector: research, development and the industrial districts of Italy and India, the question of the European customs tariff on unwrought metal.
India is an important, fast-growing country; the country has emerged the fastest growing major economy in 2016 despite it being a middle-income developing country with persisting pockets of poverty. The economic and structural reforms started in 1991 have since been a continuous process propelling the Indian economy on a trajectory of consistently high growth rate and imparting a dynamism which has attracted the best companies from across the world to invest in India. GDP is estimated at US$ 2.26 trillion for 2016-17 at current prices, the real GDP grew at 6.9% per annum during the 5-year period ending 2016-17.
Regarding the aluminium industry, the very dynamic picture of the flow of primary metal worldwide should be noted as a significant element; in this context India is an exporting country, therefore it is very important for the entire European area which is known to be always in short supply for this metal. In terms of complementarity, the foreseeable demand on the part of the Indian downstream system of cutting-edge plants and technologies should not be underestimated; Europe and especially Italy are well equipped with such a know-how.
Aluminium use in India reached 3.45 million tonnes in 2016-17, growing at 6.1% per annum over last 5 years. Primary aluminium production in India has shown a sharp uptrend in recent years: the three primary Indian aluminium producers are Hindalco, Vedanta and the Government owned, NALCO. The overall production reached 2.9 million tonnes in 2016. Primary aluminium installed capacity is to day 4.1 million tonnes, with expansion plans and other developments.
Trade relationships between Italy and India, which are already very good, could develop further with a closer cooperation in numerous segments, and among these there is undoubtedly the industrial chain of aluminium, given that the Italian and Indian systems are strongly complementary.
Considering for instance the high energy costs in Europe, it is clear that the Old Continent and consequently Italy has a greater interest in focusing on the improvement of the technological standards of the light metal’s downstream, which are already high, rather than invest on smelters, thereby reaffirming a guiding role in the development of increasingly efficient technologies for the aluminium processing and foundry systems and for downstream uses, a precise reference point for the growth of downstream in India.
The importance of developing wide-range relationships between the two Countries provided the inspiration of the the Indo-Italian MetalHub event, a project for defining cooperation in research and development between the industrial districts of Italy and in India, with a dedicated attention to the aluminium industrial chain.
The second phase of the Indo-Italian MetalHub will be held in Milan on the 2nd of July at Palazzo Lombardia under the auspices of the Regione Lombardia; the Project, born in 2017 and continued in 2018, was organized by ArtValley and A&L Magazine, with the support of Danieli&C and the official endorsement of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (Economic & States Division), of the Italian Embassy in New Delhi in India, of AAI the Aluminium Association of India, of the Government of Odisha and the major Italian metallurgy associations Amafond, Assomet and Assofond.
The institutions that have collaborated with the project are: METEF, FACE (Federation of Aluminium Consumers in Europe), the Indian Embassy in Rome, the Italian General Consulate of Kolkata, FICCI, Al Circle, FOSMI (Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises India), DITECFER (District for Rail Technologies, High Speed, Safety & Security).
The possible trade relations between Italy (and Europe in general) and India in the aluminium segment must consider important market issues, it is known since a long time that the situation of EU aluminium users is at risk, not just for the broadening of the divide between production and demand of primary metal, but also for the European customs tariff on unwrought metal. Many opportunities exist for generating adequate partnership facilities.
In terms of tariffs and logistics world nowadays it’s a single competitive platform, this has to be understood in volumes and possibilities, and concerned authorities should look for balanced solutions accordingly, the two regions – Europe and India – must work in close collaboration in the aluminium sector with each other to break down barriers to the movement of technologies (to India) and surplus metal (to Europe) and support deeper integration into the global supply chains. This is certainly not an easy task but it can definitely be done.
Milan, Belvedere di Palazzo Lombardia
9:00 INDO-ITALIAN METALHUB The platform for synergies in the metal sector
Chairman Sanjeev Chopra, IAS, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Government of Odisha
Ananta Das, Minister of Industries, Government of Odisha, India
Damiano Francovigh, Italian Consul General for Eastern India
Charanjeet Singh, India’s Consul General in Milan
Carlo Edoardo Valli, President Promos, CCIAA Milan
Francesco Esposito, CEO Danieli India ltd
Francesca Bruni, President ArtValley
Presentation by Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy Region
Industrial exchange between India, Lombardy and Italy
10:15 Chairman Kamal Prakash, CEO, JS Group
Panel 1. Metals, minerals, advanced technologies and industrial parks for the downstream aluminium sector
10:30 Chairman Claudio De Cani, Director Assomet
Panel 2. Geopolitical components. Solutions and proposals for the tax wars and the East and West interchange
11:30 Chairman Alberto Cavicchiolo, President, IIMH
Panel 3. Odisha, minerals hub for Italian companies Bilateral meetings
14:00 Chairman Pratapaditya Mishra, Director AAI – the Aluminium Association of India
Panel 4. Technical-cultural synergies between the Indian and Italian industrial systems. Aluminium in the food industry, in the advanced projects and beyond
15:00 Chairman Kalyan Chandra Mohanty, GM IPICOL
Panel 5. Technology investors, Transport, and suppliers – Bilateral meetings
Kalyan Chandra Mohanty, GM IPICOL
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