Though India is the second largest producer of steel, its per capita consumption is below the global average. Higher steel consumption will provide more job opportunities for welders in the country, said Jose P Philip, chairman of the Indian Institute of Welding (IIW).
"Almost 90% of the steel consumed in the country through a welding process," he said. The global average is 256 kg while India’s per capita consumption is 58 kg. However, India’s steel production of 130 million tonnes is second only to China which has a steel output of 803 million tonnes.
"But the production cost is higher in India and Chinese are dumping steel in India," Philip said. The welding industry will be beneficial with more steel consumption. Over the years Welding technology has undergone rapid changes and robot welding is getting popular now. "Robots can work for 24 hours and hence help cut cost," he said.
Indian Institute of Welding (IIW) with over 4000 professionals and 200 industry members is holding its 3 days national seminar in Kerala for the first time from December 13 in Kochi. The theme will be new developments in the welding industry. Philip said there will be 90 presentations and 350 delegates will participate.