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‘India’s galvanised steel consumption low due to lack of awareness’

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New Delhi: India’s galvanised steel consumption continues to be lower than the global average because of a lack of awareness, said Dr Andrew Green, Director of Environment, Health and Sustainability and the Zinc Nutrient Initiative (ZNI) at the International Zinc Association. He added that the conversation that was started at the International Galvanising Conference that concluded last week should continue so that awareness is built.

“I believe it is, in part, due to lack of awareness on the benefits of using Zinc.  The cost of corrosion here in India is around 4 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” said Dr Green.

‘India’s galvanised steel consumption is low’

“The per capita consumption in India is around 0.5 kg, whereas the global average is around 2-3 kg per capita. At some places, it is as high as 7-8 kg per capita. That does not just represent the automobile sector. Hence, there’s a need to galvanise the infrastructure sector as well for safer roads, safer bridges,” said the International Zinc Association director.

“We were very happy to have the Minister of Steel Dharmendra Pradhan attend the International Galvanising Conference and talk about the importance of galvanised steel for the people of India. I think this dialogue needs to continue,” added Dr Green.
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Commenting on the trade war between US and China, Green said, “Zinc is a global commodity, so what’s impacting the global price is also impacting the industry in India.”

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