In a landmark achievement, Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) on Tuesday announced it has set up a new plant for manufacturing ‘Head Harden Rails’ for modern hi-speed trains and metros.
With this launch, JSPL has become the first and the only manufacturer of ‘Head Harden Rails’ in India.
The plant, set-up with an investment of Rs 2000 crore & in technical collaboration with M/s. SMS MEER, Germany, is capable of delivering 30,000 MT of rails per month.
“In line with the government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’, JSPL has successfully completed trials of ‘Head Hardened Rails’ and is all set for commercial production,” Naveen Jindal, chairman JSPL, said while addressing the media persons during the launch event in New Delhi.
“JSPL being the only producer of Head Hardened Rails in the country is poised to play an important role in the growth of India’s rail Infrastructure,” the chairman added.
This landmark achievement also propels JSPL into the elite club of 7 global steel majors with the capability to manufacture ‘Head Hardened Rails’ in the world.
Ravi Uppal, MD & Group CEO, during the event said, “The govt’s renewed impetus on railway infrastructure development and the proposed introduction of high speed and bullet trains necessitates the establishment of domestic facility to fulfill the need of Indian Railways.”
“We envisage our indigenously produced rail product line which includes India’s longest rails and head hardened rails to be the preferred choice for the upcoming metro and hi-speed rail corridors in India,” he added.
Rail head hardening is a cost-effective and efficient method for extending the service life of rails by improving mechanical properties.
The head hardened rails are different from normal rails. Head Hardened Rail can withstand increased wear from train travelling at high speed (>250 km/Hr) and greater frequency with heavy axial load.