International Copper Association Hosts the 3rd Edition Of India Copper Forum In New Delhi; Announces Winners Of Copper Excellence Awards 2017

~In-depth analysis of the India and global copper industry trends, challenges and opportunities discussed

~Theme of the 3rd India Copper Forum – ‘One India One vision – Copper in Technology, Innovation and Transformation

New Delhi, 08 November 2017: International Copper Association India (ICA India), today, hosted the third edition of India Copper Forum (ICF) in association with Hindalco Industries Ltd & Vedanta Ltd at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel in New Delhi. The guests of honor for the event were Shri Arun Kumar, Secretary – Ministry of Mines and Shri S. Chadha, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Commerce who delivered keynote address. India Copper Forum is the largest non-commercial platform for the copper industry, which provides an opportunity for its key stakeholders to share their views on emerging trends, challenges and solutions.
India Copper Forum has built a strong reputation across the industry and has attracted active participation of over 180 delegates from across the copper value chain. Recognizing the significance of copper in nation building and the advent of new and disruptive technologies like electric vehicles, energy infrastructure, energy storage, renewable energy and other sectors, the theme for 2017 was – ‘One India One vision – Copper in Technology, Innovation and Transformation’.
Mr. Richard Xu, Regional Director – International Copper Association, Asia shared his views, “ICA leads Worlds Copper Industry on issues critical to securing coppers future growth. With 42 members and active representation in over 60 countries across the globe, we represent all sides of our business; upstream, downstream and processing. The objective of this event is to bring together all Indian stakeholders and deliberate with them on global best practices from economies such as China, where, active policy discourse is aiding transformative changes in Electric mobility and Energy. A holistic view is mandatory for India to realise its potential and match the Chinese consumption which is growing by 14% on Y-o-Y basis.”
Mr. Victor Zhou, MD – International Copper Association of China said, “I am delighted to be here and share some of our experience with Indian stakeholders. The Chinese policy on electrification of vehicles is one of the best examples of fair and balanced deployment of resources, which can benefit India as it pursues electrification of vehicles aggressively. There are some common challenges however in that path, we believe that forums such as this, help everyone come together, learn and understand the challenges so that a solution to greener future can be found in a collaborative manner.

Commenting on the event Mr. Sanjeev Ranjan, Managing Director, International Copper Association India said, “ICA India is committed to defend and grow markets for copper based on its superior technical performance and its contribution to a better quality of life. Some of the key areas of focus are energy security, electrical safety, standardization, certification & quality control of distribution transformers. ICA India is closely working with various industry players by promoting new technology, knowledge sharing and best practices. ICA India is actively engaged with Bureau of Indian Standards on nine technical committees including rotating machinery, transformers, electrical installations, renewable energy, and power quality for upgradation and harmonization of Indian Standards for matching global levels. We are proud to play a part in supporting our partners and associates in realizing the dream to make copper metal of the future.

“We are witnessing a strong demand for copper in the world and especially in China. As per ICA estimates 25.6 mn tonnes of copper was added in the 12th- 5 year plan of China. This will now increase to 29.2 mn tonnes during the upcoming 13th – 5 year plan. Thus there was a healthy growth of 14% of copper usage between these two 5-year plans. A major threat is the substitution of copper, which had peaked in the period 2007-2011, however now this practice is on the decline. On the other hand copper has gained new markets such as in aquaculture for copper enclosure facilities and copper mesh cages. Also in small diameter copper tubes in air conditioning and copper rotor for induction motors.”

This year ICA India exhibited the latest technology and applications of copper and the way forward for the industry to the delegates at the ‘Copper Technology, Innovation and Transformation Zone’ that was installed at the India Copper Forum. Key milestones and achievements of ICA India were also showcased at the event in the form of Hall of Fame. The association partners also leveraged this opportunity to showcase their range of 100% Copper products to the larger copper industry in attendance.

The first panel discussion, Electric Vehicle – Technology, Innovation and Transformation, which was led by Prof. Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering – Indian Institute of Technology Chennai deliberated on Indian government’s vision of all electric vehicles by 2030. The expert panel shared insights on innovations and developments that has taken place and showcased the future roadmap to take India from merely a consumer to a global leader and a contributor. Further, the panel discussed road map for expediting the growth and market penetration of EVs in India and driving viability.
The panel presentation ‘Copper Scenario’ led by session chairperson Shri. Subhash Chandra, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Mines, GOI emphasized on strategies the government is taking to boost exploration and mining. The panel presentations rallied around global copper demand & supply, economic indicators and low carbon megatrends. Frost & Sullivan also unveiled their report on distribution transformer tracker that advises governments and institutions and create awareness of power loss points for rectification.

Delegates at ICF also conversed on ‘Challenges for Implementation and Compliance of Standards and Policies’. The panel headed by Shri. Shailendra Shukla, Chairman, Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency stressed on implementation and compliance of national standards and policies.

Not only this, 3rd India Copper Forum 2017 also witnessed the Industry Recognition Excellence Awards 2017 to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations in the Indian copper industry.
Award Categories Awardee

For adopting smaller diameter (5mm) inner groove copper tube for room air conditioner


For adopting smaller diameter (7mm) copper tube for packaged air conditioner.


For path breaking energy efficiency programs implemented nationally – LED bulbs (UJALA scheme), Street Lighting Program, Air Conditioner, AgDSM and Electric Vehicles.


For being the first Public Sector integrated steel plant to adopt IE3 rated motors for better energy savings and improving plant efficiency.


CMD, Kotsons Pvt. Ltd

For adoption and promotion of energy efficiency standards to improve performance and reliability in distribution transformers

COPPER EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION Mr. Milan Mehta, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Precision Wires Ltd.

For his leadership role in manufacturing high quality enameled copper winding wire for its application in large and medium electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers both in India and abroad.


Prof. Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Chennai

For his initiative to light up remote villages using low-voltage DC solar systems and speeding up the innovations and development of electric vehicles and ecosystem in India.


For rendering commendable services towards promoting and propagating energy efficiency for implementation of High Efficiency Motors and Pumps.


Chief Electrical Inspector, Karnataka

For successful implementation of low voltage electrical inspection in residential and commercial buildings as per notification released by Central Electricity Authority.

India Copper Forum was organized in partnership with Multi Commodity Exchange, Calderys India Refractories Ltd & pManifold as Knowledge Partner, Silver Sponsor and Engagement Partner respectively.  

Appendix – 1: Panels conducted and its participants (attached)

About ICAI

The International Copper Association India (ICA India) is a member of Copper Alliance and the Indian arm of the International Copper Association, the leading not-for-profit organization for the promotion of copper worldwide. ICA India is driven by the same objective as that of its parent organization, which is to ‘defend and grow markets for copper based on its superior technical performance and its contribution to a higher quality of life worldwide’. ICA India contributes mainly through its catalytic role, accelerating changes and transforming the long-term markets for Copper in a sustainable way through its major initiatives such as electrical safety and energy efficiency. ICA India’s activities focus on helping end users to better understand and appreciate the positive attributes of copper.

Appendix – 1


Session – 1 Electric Vehicle – Technology, Innovation and Transformation
Session Chairman:

Prof. Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Professor Department of Electrical Engineering – Indian Institute of Technology Chennai


    1. Mr. Victor Zhou, MD – International Copper Association China
    2. Dr. Ajit Jindal, Head Tech, Vice President – Tata Motors
    3. Mr. Ajay Goel, COO – Sun Mobility Pvt. Ltd.
    4. Mr. Tarun Mehta, Co-Founder & CEO – Ather Energy
  • Mr. Prem R. Kumar, CEO – BSES Yamuna Power Ltd.
Session – 2 Copper Scenario
Session Chairman:

Shri. Subhash Chandra, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Mines, Government of India


    1. Mr. Colin Bennett, Global Manager Market Analysis – International Copper Association
    2. Mr. Joe Zhou, Project Manager Market Analysis – International Copper Association China
    3. Ms. Yashika Singh, Lead – Economics, Strategy and Corporate Relations – Rio Tinto India
    4. Mr. Gyanendra Thakur, Director – Metals and Mining Consulting – Wood Mackenzie
    5. Ms. Rashmi Nihalani, Assistant Vice President – Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd
  • Mr. D K Jain, CMD – Agrawal Metal Works Pvt Ltd
Session – 3 Challenges for implementation and compliance of standards and policies
Session Chairmen:

    1. Shri. Shailendra Shukla, Chairman, Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA)
  • Mr. B Lal, Director General – Indian Transformers Manufacturers Association

    1. Mr. Hassan Omar, Chief Operating Officer – DuCab Cable Manufacturing Company, UAE
    2. Mr. Jayavilal Meegoda, President – IESL, Deputy General Manager – Ceylon Electricity Board,
    3. President – Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia.
    4. Shri. N K Sharma, Head CMD-I – Bureau of Indian Standards
    5. Shri. Goutam Roy, Chief Electrical Inspector – Central Electricity Authority
    6. Shri. Saurabh Diddi, Energy Economist – Bureau of Energy Efficiency
  • Mr. Mukund Joshi, Former Special Director General – Central Publics Work Department
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