Bhubaneswar:National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) is planning to set up two joint ventures — one with US-based Almex and another with Russia’s Rusal — at the upcoming Angul Aluminium Park in Odisha, a senior company official said.

The two JVs will manufacture special-grade aluminium to be used in metro trains, e-vehicles, aerospace and automobile sector, Nalco chairman and managing director T. K. Chand told PTI in Bhubaneswar. At present, this high-grade aluminium is not manufactured in the country.

He did not disclose the amount of investment but said talks with Almex and Rusal are at advanced stage, and added that an announcement regarding the same would be made after a local partner is identified. The local partner will have a minority stake in the JVs, Nalco will keep 40% and the remaining will be with the two foreign firms, he said.

“We will form JVs with Almex and Rusal as technology partners and another Indian entity as minority shareholder. Nalco will set up, run and get the new entity listed and then exit the venture by selling its stake to the local partner under a new BoT (build-operate-transfer) model for the sector," Chand said.

Almex specialises in production of aerospace grade aluminium and Rusal is a major player in primary aluminium, aluminium alloys, foil and alumina. Chand further said a lot of opportunities are provided by the domestic aluminium sector. In the coming years, e- vehicles will hit the roads and special grade aluminium will be required in huge amount, he said.

Highlighting the additional benefits of the upcoming Angul Aluminium Park, he said this is the right time to invest as companies will get a clear land, roads for transportation, power supply and other basic supplies to run units. The park is being jointly set up by Nalco and Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation.

Chand also encouraged the ancillary and downstream companies to invest in the sector. Nalco is even ready to provide a helping hand to ancillary and downstream companies. “We will help you in setting up a unit in JV, make you stand and then when you start functioning well, we will exit," he said. India’s aluminium consumption is growing at a compound rate of 15% (year-on-year), making it one of the largest consumer markets in the world. With the demand of aluminium expected to rise further, new initiatives such as one from Nalco is certainly expected to increase the capacity rapidly. PTI