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Monday, 08 Sep 2008

It is reported that Jindal Stainless Limited is all set to open the largest green field integrated complex for stainless steel at Kalinga Nagar in Orissa.

Mr Ajay K Dhir CIO of Jindal Stainless Limited said that "The Orissa plant, unlike other plants that have grown through Brownfield expansion over a period of time, will be Jindal Stainless's largest green field integrated complex. Moreover, this is the largest, integrated, green field complex for stainless steel being built anywhere. It supports every operation, right from mining, power plant, hot rolling to cold rolling."

He said that the plant has a capacity of 1.6 million tonnes per annum and with the commissioning of this plant, the total capacity of the company will be 2.5 million tonnes per annum by 2012.

Mr Dhir said that "This facility is the flagship of our group and huge investments have been committed to the project. IT is the backbone of our organization and is deployed strategically as a business enabler. Approximately one percent of the revenue is committed to IT. With huge investments going into the project, it is important to manage and track costs efficiently."

He said that "We are already using SAP as a single application platform across the entire organization, at all locations. In Orissa, since the project is in the erection and commissioning stage, the modules implemented are finance, sales & distribution, materials management and project systems. Once the production starts, we will extend it to other modules like production planning, quality management, plant maintenance, human resources and supply chain."

The first phase development of the plant, with an investment of INR 2,250 crore, is in its last stages and will be operational by October 2008. Whereas, the second phase, with an investment of INR 5,600 crore, will be operational by early 2009. The plant will be fully commissioned by 2012, making Jindal Stainless one of the largest stainless steel manufacturers in the world.

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