New Delhi: Vedanta Limited, India’s largest producer of aluminium,today announcedthe foundation stone laying of the Vedanta Aluminium Park, at Jharsuguda, Odisha. The Hon’ble CM of Odisha, Shri. Naveen Patnaikunveiled the stone at the ongoing Make In Odisha 2022 conclave in the presence of Vedanta chairman Anil Agarwal, thus inaugurating the Aluminium Park officially.The Park is a joint venture between Vedanta Aluminium and the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO). Also present during the ceremony was Rahul Sharma, CEO – Vedanta Aluminium.
The Vedanta Aluminium Park will be a world-class industrial facility where companies can set up their manufacturing units and draw hot metal (molten aluminium) from Vedanta’s smelter at Jharsuguda to manufacture their products. Vedanta’s aluminium smelter at Jharsuguda is one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters, with a capacity of 1.75 million tonnes per annum.
Spread over 253 acres, the Vedanta Aluminium Park will be one of India’s largest metal parks. With its strategic location and features and a plethora of amenities, the Park will provide aluminium-basedbusinesses unmatched advantage to exponentially grow their business, such as:
• Increased productivity: Priority access to just-in-time high-quality hot metal in any desired quantity. This will boost productivity, provide production flexibility and increase cost-competitiveness to industries
• Reduced time: With instant availability of hot metal, the time needed for transportation and remelting is curtailed, saving significant time and money.
• Reduced working capital:Hot metal transported at the desired temperature will save both effort and cost associated with re-melting.
• Technical and after-sales support: Access to Vedanta Aluminium’s Centre of Excellence, R&D facility, and network of start-ups and global experts, will provide a significant competitive edge to manufacturers.
• SEZ for export-oriented industries: The presence of an SEZ (special economic zone) Smelter at Vedanta’s Jharsuguda complex is a unique advantage for export-oriented industries to access hot metal for producing their goods.
• Environmental and carbon footprint: Eliminating the need for re-melting or long-haul logistics, the Park will help curb significant carbon emissions to the tune of 60-70,000 tonnes per annum. It will also help industries produce low-carbon products and decarbonize their operations.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said, “Odisha is fast emerging as a major investment destination in the country. We are a progressive state with clear focus on transformation in all sectors and inclusive development. At Odisha, we offer you better than the best services, support, and incentives – beyond the best in the country. Investor friendly initiatives and transformativegovernance put us on path of progress. We will continue to work with each of you and understand your requirements and provide the best support system.”
In his address, Mr. Anil Agarwal, Chairman – Vedanta, said, “Today, the world looks to India as the nextdestination for manufacturing, and in India, Odisha is poised to become the go-to destination for investors in India, under the leadership of Shri. NaveenPatnaik Ji. Odisha, with its natural advantages, is the Aluminium Capital of India today, and has the potential to become the Aluminium Capital of the world. Over the years, Vedanta has invested over 1 lakh crores and have created over 5 Lakh direct & indirect livelihood opportunities in the state and now the Vedanta Aluminium Park will bring more downstream players to Odisha to maximize value addition and further deepen the industrialisation in the state.Odisha is the place where your dreams can come true – Jahan aapkasapnasaakarhosaktahai.”
Vedanta Aluminium CEO Rahul Sharma said, “This collaboration between Vedanta and the Government of Odisha to create a world-class Aluminium Park near our aluminium smelter in Jharsuguda, will usher in a new era for Indian manufacturing. We take this moment to invite industries to set up their plants at our Aluminium Park, and leverage the plethora of advantages we have on offer. Together, we can join forces to make India the most sought-after manufacturing destination of the world.”
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 4th in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2021 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.