Tata sees demand for its anti-microbial steel in global market – ET Infra

Tata Steel Ltd. has developed a coating for steel surfaces that has antimicrobial properties, a senior executive of the steel maker told ET.

The coating retains its antimicrobial property for more than 15 years, Subodh Pandey, vice-president for operations at Tata Steel Meramandali, said, adding that the company is looking to patent the formulation.

The formulation, developed by the company’s research & development team after the Covid-19 pandemic, is seeing demand in export markets, he said.

When applied in combination with paint, the formulation can kill 99% of the bacteria on the surface of steel sheets, reducing the need for frequent sanitisation of the coated surfaces as it hinders the survival and replication of bacteria.

The product is being used in colour-coated sheets, which find application in hospitals, schools and in cold storages.

“This can be expanded to Tata Steel branded products like Galvano, Galume and powder coating segments such as tubes and Pravesh doors,” Pandey said.

The company has exported about 900 tonnes of antimicrobial coated steel, with repeat orders coming from Metecno Vietnam, Pandey said.

The company expects demand for the product in the local market to pick up soon.

Tata Steel is currently producing this antimicrobial-coated steel at its plant in Khopoli in Maharashtra. The plant was earlier with Bhushan Steel, which Tata Steel acquired in 2018.

This product offering will be a part of Tata Steel’s new material business, which focuses on services, solutions and materials. The company plans to get about a tenth of its sales from its new materials business by 2025.

In 2022-23, the company developed 107 products, of which 68 were in India.

Some of these products can be used in batteries of electric vehicles, in solar energy applications and for green steel products.

In 2022, the company had signed a pact with automobile producer Ford to supply green steel from its Netherlands plant, once it switched to hydrogen-based steel making.

Earlier this year, Tata Steel initiated a trial to inject hydrogen at one of its blast furnaces in Jamshedpur, a move which can help reduce carbon emissions.

  • Published On Aug 22, 2023 at 11:01 AM IST

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