ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company, and the Steel Authority of India Limited (‘SAIL’), India’s leading steel company, today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) to set up an automotive steel manufacturing facility under a Joint Venture (‘JV’) arrangement in India.

The MoU was signed in London today by Mr. Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, and Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman of SAIL. Mr. Rakesh Singh, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Steel and Mr. Aditya Mittal, ArcelorMittal CFO and CEO ArcelorMittal Europe, were also present.

The MoU is the first step of a process to establish a JV between the two companies. The proposed JV will construct a state-of-the-art cold rolling mill and other downstream finishing facilities in India that will offer technologically advanced steel products to India’s rapidly growing automotive sector. India is forecast to become the world’s fourth largest automobile manufacturing nation by 2020, growing from approximately 3.5 million units today to over 7 million units[1]. In response to the level of demand, and supported by the Indian Government’s ‘Make In India’ programme, which has been designed to transform India into a global manufacturing hub, automotive manufacturers have been establishing an increased presence in the country.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Rakesh Singh, Steel Secretary to the Government of India, said: “Increasing the availability of indigenously produced automotive steel would reduce India’s reliance on imports and provide the Indian steel industry and the automotive industry with a sustainable competitive advantage. India is expected to grow as a hub for automobile export manufacturing facilities to cater to the international market. This proposed collaboration between ArcelorMittal and SAIL is a positive and welcome step towards fulfilling the objectives of the ‘Make in India’ campaign launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.”

Mr. Mittal, Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal, said: “We have been in discussions with SAIL for some time and today’s signing signals our intention to further advance our collaboration. Bringing together our leading automotive technological capabilities with SAIL’s production scale in India, in a similar manner to ArcelorMittal’s partnership with Hunan Valin on our VAMA joint venture in China, is an exciting and powerful combination. The automotive sector is a highly strategic and important market for ArcelorMittal; establishing an automotive focussed production presence in India, one of the world’s fastest growing automotive markets, is a natural progression in executing our global automotive strategy.”

Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman, SAIL, added:  “SAIL is on the verge of completing a comprehensive modernisation and expansion program to increase its hot metal capacity from 14 million tons per annum (MTPA) to 23.5 MTPA, with a quantum jump in production of value added steels. Furthermore, we have drawn up a Vision 2025 plan to further increase capacity to 50 MTPA. Product enrichment is an integral part of this plan and the MoU with ArcelorMittal will pave the way for a new chapter in the indigenous production of high-quality automotive steel in India. It will also aid a broader effort by SAIL to help fulfil the high-quality steel requirements of the rapidly growing infrastructure and manufacturing sectors in India.” 

The combination of significant demand growth and limitations in India’s existing domestic automotive steel production capabilities provides a compelling opportunity for both ArcelorMittal and SAIL. In the coming months, a working group with representatives from both companies will work on evaluating a structure for the proposed JV and carry out feasibility studies as part of a comprehensive due diligence process.

ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel supplier to the global automotive sector, with a market share of approximately 17 per cent. In 2014, the company shipped over 13 million tonnes of steel to automotive customers globally, resulting in revenues in excess of $12 billion. The company has a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions to global automotive manufacturers, with six of its 12 research and development laboratories across the globe dedicated to developing new steels for auto manufacturers, focusing on: optimising the weight and cost of vehicles; helping auto manufacturers to meet stretching carbon emission targets; and ensuring high standards of safety. Recent innovations include the group’s S-in-motion® range of steel solutions, applying advanced high-strength steels that can collectively reduce a vehicle’s weight by up to 23 per cent and reduce carbon emissions by 14 per cent during a vehicle’s use phase. ArcelorMittal’s global footprint for automotive steels was recently expanded through the acquisition of AM/NS Calvert in 2014, a state-of-the-art finishing facility located in Southern USA that is servicing the growing NAFTA automotive market, and the opening of VAMA, a joint venture with Hunan Valin that established an inaugural production presence in China. VAMA produces high-strength automotive steel in China, the world’s largest and fastest growing automotive market.

[1]Source: LMC Automotive Limited

About SAIL 

Steel Authority of India Ltd is India’s largest steel maker and among the top Government owned companies conferred with the prestigious ‘Maharatna’ status. Government of India currently owns 75% of SAIL’s shares, the rest being held by FIs and individuals. With a turnover of about US $ 9 billion employing around 94,000 people across India; SAIL owns and operates 5 integrated steel plants at Bhilai, Durgapur, Bokaro, Rourkela and Burnpur, 3 special steel plants and ferro-alloy & refractory manufacturing units. SAIL is also the second largest producer of iron ore in India and meets 100% requirement from captive mines. 

SAIL offers the maximum array of steel products amongst all Indian manufacturers in the country. SAIL offers a wide range of products in mild, special and alloy steel categories in around 1000 qualities and 5000 dimensions.

Currently SAIL is on the verge of completing its modernization & expansion programme at an expenditure of around USD $12 Billion which will enhance the company’s hot metal capacity to around 23.5 million tonnes per annum. Recently Prime Minister of India – Mr Narendra Modi dedicated SAIL’s modernized and expanded units in IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) & Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) to the nation. 

Post expansion SAIL will also add a number of new products to its basket which will cater to the needs of India’s growing infrastructure and manufacturing sector. SAIL has also drawn up a strategic plan – ‘Vision 2025’ to increase its hot metal capacity to 50 million tons per annum which will put SAIL amongst the top steel companies globally.

Our business philosophy encompasses a triple bottom line approach covering the economic, environmental and social dimensions reflecting SAIL’s commitment to build natural, human and societal capital and contribute its might in adding strength to India’s development and progress. The tagline of the company ‘There’s a little bit of SAIL in everybody’s life’ symbolizes the fact that in last five decades it has grown from strength to strength and the SAIL brand is well entrenched in peoples’ minds.

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About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is one of the world’s leading integrated steel and mining companies with a presence in 60 countries and primary steelmaking operations in 15 countries. It is the largest steel producer in Europe, among the largest in the Americas, and has a growing presence in Asia through its joint venture AM/NS India. ArcelorMittal sells its products to a diverse range of customers including the automotive, engineering, construction and machinery industries, and in 2023 generated revenues of $68.3 billion, produced 58.1 million metric tonnes of crude steel and, 42.0 million tonnes of iron ore. Our purpose is to produce smarter steels for people and planet. Steels made using innovative processes which use less energy, emit significantly less carbon and reduce costs. Steels that are cleaner, stronger and reusable. Steels for the renewable energy infrastructure that will support societies as they transform through this century. With steel at our core, our inventive people and an entrepreneurial culture at heart, we will support the world in making that change. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).
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