JSW Steel pump in Rs 5 k cr to up output

FILE PHOTO: The logo of JSW is seen on the company's headquarters in Mumbai, India, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

JSW Steel plans to pump in over Rs 5,000 crore to strengthen its downstream manufacturing capacity and is also keen to pursue stressed downstream assets that will come up for bidding in the next round.

JSW Steel, which announced a capex investment programme of nearly Rs 45,000 crore to expand its capacities in Karnataka and Maharastra, is planning to invest over Rs 5,000 crore to strengthen its downstream manufacturing capabilities, company’s Joint MD Seshagiri Rao told PTI.

This will enable the company to re-orient its product mix and focus on high value special steel products and customisation, he said. “As part of its effort to ramp up downstream capabilities, JSW Steel will also pursue stressed downstream steel assets that will come up for bidding in the next round,” he added. “The next set of assets is either downstream or very small capacities. So, if it makes sense to our downstream integration strategy. We will evaluate the asset and pursue,” Rao said.

The investment in downstream capabilities by JSW Steel is aimed at capitalising the incremental demand expected to be generated across sectors for specialised steel.

While 300 million tonnes (MT) of steel consumption is expected to come in, the steel intensity across applications is coming down. “This is where the demand for very high value steel products is rising. Circular economy is becoming very active,” Rao said.

Jayant Acharya, Director Commercial - Marketing and Strategy, JSW Steel, said, the company will “reduce focus in commodity space and enter into alloy steel and special steel space to make the business more sustainable in the long term. Our aim is to look at more and more de-competitive business segment as a key indicator of focusing more on special steel categories”.

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