Zenith Birla plans SAW pipes unit

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 19, 2011

Zenith Birla, part of Yash Birla Group, plans to set up a manufacturing unit for large diameter spiral SAW (Submerged Arc Welded) pipes. The company will import mobile spiral mill from Australia capable of producing pipes of 18 inches to 100 inches.

Once commissioned, it will be the first mobile spiral mill that can move from one location to another location and manufacture pipes at site, thus, reducing transportation cost and wastage of materials, said a company official. The move will enable Zenith Birla to become the leading enterprise that can manufacture products from half-an-inch to 100 inches of steel pipes in the country.

It also has a facility for internal cement mortar lining that can coat the inner lining of the pipes at the site itself, which is required in such manufactured spiral pipes.

“The project will help us to enter into a diversified field of pipe manufacturing from ERW (Electric Resistance Welded) small diameter pipes to large diameter pipes including large diameter spiral SAW pipes and will be able to cater from 1/2 inch to 100 inches pipes,” he said.

Currently, the production capability is 210,000 tonnes per annum of up to 8 inches steel pipes at its facility in Khopoli, near Mumbai. Post expansion, it will have the potential to deliver 360,000 tonnes per annum of up to 14 inches steel pipes.

Published on February 19, 2011

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