MUMBAI: The capacity utilisation of steel manufacturers is set to increase with strong export demand and signs of a revival in domestic sales. Steel companies such as Essar Steel and JSW Steel have already seen a sharp rise in steel production in the last two months.
JSW Steel’s flat steel production increased by 31 per cent to 1.93 million tonnes (1.47 mt) in the last two months, while Essar Steel has also reported an increase in output.
After a gap of three years, India turned a net exporter, aided by stiff tariff barriers restricting imports. In the last nine months, steel exports from India increased 77 per cent to 6.62 mt while imports fell by 65 per cent to 6.59 mt. With many importers restricting shipments from China with high duties, exports from India are set to continue rising for a few months, said a steel company official.