Asia’s first-ever Continuous Galvanized Rebar (CGR) Manufacturing Facility was virtually inaugurated by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan – Hon’ble Union Minister of Steel, Petroleum & natural Gas yesterday. The first-of-its-kind facility, situated near Gobindgarh in Punjab, was launched by Madhav KRG Group in collaboration with International Zinc Association (IZA), leading industry association dedicated exclusively to the interests of zinc and the initiative is supported by Hindustan Zinc Limited.
The new facility will produce a new product, Continuously Galvanized Rebar (CGR), a value-added rebar for higher life and low maintenance of infrastructure to provide significant cost savings compared to other corrosion resistant rebar systems. It offers on-site formability of the finished product, superior corrosion resistance in concrete at a price cheaper than other corrosion resistant rebar (Epoxy Coating & CRS rebar).
Over 1000 delegates (India and International) including ministry officials, opinion leaders, zinc producers, galvanizers, end users of galvanized products, industry executives from Railways, highway authorities, NHSRPL and design consultants attended the launch event.
Addressing the audience, the steel minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said “8000 kms. Coastal areas are prone to corrosion because of salty atmosphere leading to frequent maintenance requirement thereby adding to loss of material and impact on the productivity. Galvanizing ensures that the zinc coating is of a standard quality and offers resistance to erosion so that there is no risk of cracking due to bending. Galvanized steel and rebars are environment friendly and cost effective and possess properties that enhances life of any structure with minimum maintenance. The commissioning of the new CGR facility will further increase the usage of zinc in steel industry and will support the much awaited need of supplying galvanized rebar in the construction industry.”
The International Zinc Association (IZA) was created in 1991 by a group of leading zinc & steel producers to represent the zinc industry globally. IZA’s activities are to sustainably grow markets and maintain the industry’s license to operate through effectively managed initiatives in research and development, technology transfer, and communication of the value of zinc. Operating internationally and locally through its regional affiliates, IZA helps sustain the long-term global demand for zinc and its markets by promoting such key end uses as corrosion protection for steel and the essentiality of zinc in human health and crop nutrition.