Steel import curbs seen halting auto manufacturing in India
Automobile industry body SIAM on Monday said vehicle manufacturers are staring at production stoppage if there is no resolution of the issues over restrictions imposed on domestic manufacturers using imported steel.
Last month, the government had extended the deadline for automobile makers to use Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certified locally produced high grade steel till February.
The automobile manufacturers had sought a year’s time, expressing their inability to source high grade steel locally soon citing inconsistent quality.
“Yes, our production will get hampered if it is not resolved. We are making representation to the government regarding the matter,” Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President RajanWadhera told reporters here.
He further said nearly 90 per cent of the steel used in automobile production is manufactured in India and only around 10 per cent of high grade steel, which is used for meeting safety standards among others, is not manufactured here.