Director, JNARDDC, Nagpur

An IIT-Kanpur alumnus, Dr Anupam Agnihotri has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from VNIT, Nagpur. Under UNDP, he has served as a visiting faculty to the University of Quebec in Canada as well as the Hungarian Research Institute under United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Dr Agnihotri is deeply involved in research activities on aluminium technology related to energy audit, environmental monitoring, modernization programs, low cost material alternatives etc. Dr. Anupam Agnihotri is working as Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre, Nagpur.

  • He is a Member of
    1. Aluminium Mission Plan (2012-2022), Ministry of Mines
    2. Sector Expert (Aluminium) for National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE), Ministry of Power
    3. Board Member, Aluminium Association of India
    4. Indian Institute of Metals
    5. Indian Society for Non Destructive Testing (INST)
  • Message from Director

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    I trust that all of you are doing well during this post pandemic time. We witnessed an unprecedented situation, and new normal has been set for everybody.

    In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic hitting almost all the businesses across the world, the aluminium sector has grown positively from about US$ 1500 per ton to US$ 2400 per ton in last one year. There is a change of about 60% and something to cheer about during this critical situation.

    Primary aluminium exports from India surged almost 50% during the first quarter of FY21 which helped domestic producers to tackle a sharp decline in domestic demand, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However domestic demand returned with easing of restrictions in Q2 and exports moderated. Exports grew by just 7% y-o-y in Q2 as compared to 50% growth in the June 2020 quarter.

    Policy measures announced in budget will help Indian Aluminium sector overcome the setbacks due to Pandemic. The vehicle scrappage policy and the doubling of recycling capacity by 2024 under the "Recycling of Ships Act" would increase the availability of aluminium scrap in the country. At present, the country is 80-90% dependent upon imports to meet its scrap requirements and the import of aluminium scrap has grown 55% since FY16 to 1347K tonnes in FY20. The electrification of Broad-Gauge Route will lead to higher requirement of infrastructure in the form of transmission lines and towers made either from copper or aluminium, which is likely to support the demand for both the base metals.

    National Rail Plan has committed 1.07 lakh crores for enhancing railway infrastructure, metro rail project which aims to add another 1,016km of metro and RRTS in 27 cities, city bus service plan will all create demand for aluminium.

    During the last six months, in spite of all the restrictions due to Pandemic, JNARDDC completed three projects well in time. Project on "Fire retardancy of nano-ATH in polymers" in collaboration with CIPET, Bhubaneswar was successfully completed with way for pilot scale studies. Project on "Optimization of digestion efficiency in Bayer process by ascertaining the ideal size fraction of bauxite feed" was completed for setting up process parameters as per the change in bauxite quality. JNARDDC also developed process technology (at lab scale) for low-cost production of 3N (99.9%) pure alumina for Department of Science and Technology.

    Centre has established "Coal testing lab" and "1400 ton Extrusion press" and is all set to serve the industries.

    Thanking you for your continued support. Stay safe and healthy.

    Jai Hind !

    Dr. Anupam Agnihotri ,

    Director, JNARDDC, Nagpur

    Address :

    Amravati Road, Wadi Nagpur-440023

    Phone :

    07104-220763

    EPABX :

    00-91-7104-220017, 220476

    Email:

    director[AT]jnarddc[DOT]gov[DOT]in

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