Quality checks necessary for roofing sheets and steel components, says Das – Business
How many Indian players in manufacturing and end users know that the steel used in construction must meet the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) standards? While exponential growth in the infrastructure sector is important to the country’s development, it is equally important to have quality controls and comply with Indian coating standards.
To discuss the sustainable development of the industry and highlight the relevance of meeting quality controls of steel components, the International Zinc Association – a global industry association dedicated solely to the interests of zinc and its users – hosted a webinar on ‘ Understand BIS compliance & measurement techniques’. Market leaders present in the webinar exercised the need to achieve quality compliance in order to make India an independent high quality steel manufacturer on par with global standards.
The webinar, chaired by ex-industrial adviser, Ministry of Steel – ACR Das, saw participation from leading members of the steel industry, including Dr. Paswan Sharma – Chief Scientist, National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur; Dr. AS Khanna – Former Professor – IIT Bombay; Sachin Shetty – Partner – Quesrow Advisory and Dr. Kenneth D’Souza, Technical Expert, IZA. The session highlighted the application of steel in new building material technologies, technical details of steel coating that retailers and end users should consider when purchasing steel components and how galvanized and coated steel can help extend the life of structures by preventing surface corrosion.
In India, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body, which is concerned with developing and implementing national standards known as Indian standards. Therefore, all steel structures, including roof and facade panels, must meet or exceed the zinc coating and paint coating requirements specified in the latest versions of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Standards IS 277, IS 14246 (galvanized) and IS 15965 (Galvalume / Zincalume). However, as India is a price sensitive market, the need to reiterate the relevance of the Indian coating standards becomes even more important. Lack of this awareness leads manufacturers and retailers to take undue advantage of offering low-cost undersized coated and painted roof sheeting.
Das said, “The rigorous adoption of standards is often seen as one of the measures of industrialization and development of any country. India has a strong framework for quality control standards introduced by both BIS and the government. This not only gives an impetus to domestic steel manufacturers to produce and market superior quality components, but also enables end users to make informed decisions before purchasing iron and steel products. Despite the existing framework, however, there are isolated cases of delivery and import of undersized coated products. This needs to be addressed by the enforcement authority (BIS) and also the regulator ie Ministry of Steel through time-bound planning and action. ”
A recent review of roofing and siding panels supplied by retailers across India by a Mumbai-based consultancy in 2020 found that the imported products were not compliant with BIS standards or the Government of Quality Control Orders (QCO). India. It was also noted that some of the domestically produced profiled roof and facade panels were also substandard.
Dr. Addressing the audience, De’Souza said, “For the fastest growing country aiming for a $ 5 trillion economy by 2024, India’s economic growth is closely linked to the growth of the steel industry. Applying the correct construction technology in combination with the use of high quality ZINC coated steel ensures long life, safety and security of the public. With this we want to make consumers aware of the thickness of the coating plates in order to guarantee a better infrastructure in the country. ”
The webinar was followed by a steel coating demonstration, technical specifications of BIS standards related to roof and surface coating, and an overview of ways architects and consumers can assess the quality of steel parts during purchase.