'Steel demand to grow 10-11% annually over next 3 yrs'
New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) Demand for steel in India is likely to see an annual growth of 10-11 percent over the next three years, buoyed by a firming trend in the construction sector, among other factors, an official said.
"Going forward we have the potential of domestic steel demand growing at 10-11 percent for another three years consequently if nothing extraordinary happens. But in normal circumstances, I would expect that" Joint Plant Committee(JPC) Chief Economist A S Firoz told PTI.
"Given the kind of movement that is happening in the industries which consume steel, given the kind of momentum that has been built up in the construction industry...all this will raise steel demand significantly," he said.
US President Donald Trump has imposed a 25 percent import tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum.
However, he said there are few constraints to steel production.
"One kind of constraints is that we may not have the kind of products that are in demand, there might not be domestic capacity. So when you don't have the domestic capacity, you have a problem of meeting those demands. Imports will come in," he said.
Empowered by Ministry of Steel, JPC is the only institution which collects data on the Indian iron and steel industry.
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