It is setting up both plants in Karnataka. Work on the first plant, near Bangalore, a 50kt/y site for sheet and foil has already started.

The second plant would also be built near Bangalore for production of powder coated and anodised materials. However, ground work on the plant would start only after the first plant starts operation in April next year.

While aluminium sheet and foils are used for packaging applications, including food and beverage containers; powder coating is a durable method of providing a decorative finish to metals. Anodising is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts.

Jindal Aluminium claims to be the largest manufacturer of aluminium extrusion profiles in India commanding around 25% market share.

It has 70kt/y installed capacity at its lone plant in Bangalore. However, due to poor demand, the company could only produce 55kt/y of aluminium extrusion profiles last fiscal year.