Product Expertise: JSPL Rails – Made In India, Made for India and the world

JSPL is part of US$22 billion diversified Jindal Group led by its Chairman Mr. Naveen Jindal and its Managing Director Mr. V R Sharma. The firm is a leading player in steel, power, mining, along with infrastructure in India. It exports a large quantity of its products to Europe and the neighbouring countries of India. The company produces steel and power through backward integration from its own captive coal and iron-ore mines located in Central India. JSPL produces Rails at its Raigarh Plant located in the state of Chhattisgarh.

India is a fast growing market for Iron and Steel production and consumption. A lot of Rail, Metro and Semi High Speed projects are in the offing in India which will further accentuate the demand of Iron and Steel for various infrastructure projects. All the above projects will need tracks and thus Rails will be an essential component of these upcoming projects.

As of Now, India is already a growing market with Indian companies exporting Iron and Steel to other parts of the world. As the demand increases in the near future, it’s time for the Indian firms to ramp up their production capacities so that India becomes self-reliant in terms of Iron and Steel production.

In this edition, We are bringing to you the story of special grade Rails produced by Jindal Steel and Power Limited popularly known as JSPL. It is an Indian steel and energy company based with its manufacturing units spread all over the country. An annual turnover of approx Rs. 40000 crore (US$5.5 billion) makes JSPL a leading firm of the Indian Subcontinent.

A great feature of the company today is its Rails business which is gaining huge popularity in the Indian Subcontinent. While JSPL is a leading player in many areas but what we are focusing on its Rail Business. The Rail Business of JSPL is a segment which holds great potential not only for India but across the world. JSPL started its Rail Production at its Raigarh Plant in the year 2016 and since then, it has continued to scale new heights. Today,a section of Kolkata Metro is being developed with JSPL’s Grade 1080 Head Hardened Rails. Apart from this, JSPL has also received orders for supply of Rails to Pune Metro and Konkan Railways.

“In terms of tonnage, JSPL is the third largest steel producer in India. The company manufactures and sells sponge iron, mild steel slabs, ferro chrome, iron ore, mild steel, structural, hot rolled plates and coils and coal-based sponge iron plant.”

JSPL rails are rolled in sections IRS 52, UIC 54 & UIC 60 conforming to Indian Railways specifications IRS T-12 as well as various other international railway specifications. Rails can be supplied in customized finished lengths up to 121 meter and Flash Butt welded rail panels up to a length of 484 meter. The firm also manufactures Head Hardened Rails conforming to IRS T-12 and EN-13674 grades which is not only being used in India but are also being exported to the neighboring countries of India.

“JSPL is also a preferred supplier for Crane Rails which finds widespread usage in EOT Cranes as well as for Gantry Crane Operations”, Mr Chama adds.

“JSPL manufactures one of the world’s longest 121 meter long track rails in the Indian subcontinent. These ‘A’ class rails ranging from 13m to 121m length will make the introduction of high speed rails in India a reality. The availability of 121 meter long rails ensures a drastic reduction of weld population in Indian rail tracks, resulting in better riding comfort, enhanced safety and substantial savings in costs”, says Mr Vijay Chama, Head of Rail Business of the firm.”

JSPL has invested Rs. 2000 Cr and set up a 0.75 Million Ton Per Annum Rail & Universal Beam Mill in 2003 capable of producing 121 m long finished Rail for the first time in India. JSPL went on investing to improve the facilities and upgrade Technology from time to time. To meet the growing Metro Rail demand , the firm also added the Head Hardened Rail facility by investing over Rs. 500 Cr.

“JSPL has an experience of producing Rails as per RDSO Specification. So far we have supplied more than 11 Lac MT Rails to DMRC, Kochi Metro, Nagpur Metro, Eastern Freight Corridor (DFCC), IRCON, KONKAN Railways, etc. and out of this exported 2 Lac MT of Rails to State Trading Corporation of India for export( 60 E1 Gr 900A–EN 13674-1) and Bangladesh (IRS T-12-2009) for application in Mixed Traffic Rail System. We have supplied 260 m long Rail Panel in EDFC where 25 MT axle load freight train would run at 100 km/hr”, says its Managing Director, Mr. V R Sharma.

As the need for going “Local for Vocal’’ gains popularity among the masses and the Atma Nirbhar Bharat movement gains popularity, companies like JSPL are a great boon for the nation. They are not only supplying critical products to the Nation but are also making significant exports further bringing Dollars to the country. The India of the 21st century is moving forward with its industries supplying to every corner of the world.

Until a few years back, India used to import the HT Rails as the Indian firms were not able to manufacture these Rails. The scenario has changed today with JSPL becoming the sole Indian private Company capable of producing these Rails.

As the Bullet Train Projects and the RRTS projects are coming up in different parts of the country, it is for sure that JSPL’s product portfolio is going to be of strategic importance to the nation. Firms like JSPL are going to play a key role in making India Atma Nirbhar.

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