Equipment-maker for steel industry Electrotherm (India) has launched an advanced induction furnace unit that provides for simultaneous dephosphorisation and desulphrisation.

Dephosphorisation and desulphrisation are important in steel-making as high content of phosphorus and sulphur makes steel very brittle.

The Bureau of Indian Standards’ new rules on limiting phosphorus and sulphur in steel will come into force from October 1, 2013.

“Our new product, EldFOS, will help secondary steel manufacturers to comply with the new BIS rules and also international standards,’’ Sharat Chojar, General Manager, Electrotherm, told newspersons here on Tuesday.

The Ahmedabad-based company had also applied for patent on the product recently, he added.

There are about 2,500 induction steel units in the country. “Out of this, 800 use our equipment,’’ he added.

The steel production in India was 76 million tonnes during 2012-13 and 25 million tonnes of this was produced through secondary route using induction furnaces.