Union Steel Minister Birender Singh on Tuesday said the SAIL and ArcelorMittal will sign an MoU for forming a joint venture to set up a 1.5 million tonne per annum auto-grade steel plant, in the next few days.
"There is (will be) a JV between SAIL and Arcelor Mittal. That JV is almost finalised. And within few days that would be signed. It would be a JV (joint venture) of 1.5 million tonne capacity steel plant which would produce high-end steel which would be used in car manufacturing," Singh told PTI on the sidelines of the inauguration of the 20th Asian Men's Club League Handball Championship-2017.
SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) and ArcelorMittal had entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in May 2015 to explore the possibility of setting up an autograde steel manufacturing facility under a joint venture in India.
"In the times to come, maybe after one or two years you would see that India would be producing 27 per cent of total cars produced in the world and ultimately India would be a hub for car manufacturing. It (the JV) can be signed anytime. It has almost now...It is only the matter of time," he said.
The proposed JV will construct a cold rolling mill and other downstream finishing facilities in India touted as one of the fastest-growing automotive markets in the world with the production expected to double between 2014 and 2020, from 3.6 million units to 7.3 million units.
In May last year, an inter-ministerial group (IMG) had reviewed the progress of the MoU that aims to set up an estimated Rs 5,000-crore joint venture (JV) plant to produce auto-grade steel in the country.