India is expected to become the second-largest steel producer in the world by 2016.

Steel Industry in India

Latest update: September, 2015

Market value of the Indian steel sector
Value of India's metals and mining industry

Last Updated: September, 2015

SECTORAL REPORT | August, 2015



India is the world’s third-largest producer of crude steel (up from eighth in 2003) and is expected to become the second-largest producer by 2016. The growth in the Indian steel sector has been driven by domestic availability of raw materials such as iron ore and cost-effective labour. Consequently, the steel sector has been a major contributor to India’s manufacturing output.

The Indian steel industry is very modern with state-of-the-art steel mills. It has always strived for continuous modernisation and up-gradation of older plants and higher energy efficiency levels.

Market Size

Steel production capacity of the country expanded from about 75 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) in 2009-10 to about 90.5 Million Tonnes (MT) in 2014-15.

India produced 7.4 MT of steel in the month of June 2015 reporting the third highest production level globally which was 0.8 per cent higher than the country's steel production in the same month last year.

The steel sector in India contributes nearly two per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs over 600,000 people. The per capita consumption of total finished steel in the country has risen from 51 Kg in 2009-10 to about 59 Kg in 2014-15. India's steel consumption for FY 2015-16 is estimated to increase by 7 per cent, higher than 2 per cent growth last year, due to improving economic activity, as per E&Y's 'Global Steel 2015-16' report.


Steel industry and its associated mining and metallurgy sectors have seen a number of major investments and developments in the recent past.

According to the data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the Indian metallurgical industries attracted foreign direct investments (FDI) to the tune of US$ 8.7 billion, respectively, in the period April 2000–May 2015.

Some of the major investments in the Indian steel industry are as follows:

  • Posco Korea, the multinational Korean steel company, has signed an agreement with Shree Uttam Steel and Power (part of Uttam Galva Group) to set up a steel plant at Satarda in Maharashtra.
  • SAIL plans to invest US$23.8 billion to increase the steel production to 50 MTPA by 2025.
  • ArcelorMittal, world’s leading steel maker, has agreed a joint venture with Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) to set up an automotive steel manufacturing facility in India.
  • Iran has evinced interest in strengthening ties with India in the steel and mines sector, said ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr Gholamreza Ansari in his conversation with Minister of Steel and Mines, Mr Narendra Singh Tomar.
  • Public sector mining giant NMDC Ltd will set up a greenfield 3-million tonne per annum steel mill in Karnataka jointly with the state government at an estimated investment of Rs 18,000 crore (US$ 2.8 billion).
  • JSW Steel has announced to add capacity to make its plant in Karnataka the largest at 20 MT by 2022.

Government Initiatives

The Government of India is aiming to scale up steel production in the country to 300 MT by 2025 from 81 MT in 2013-14.

The Ministry of Steel has announced to invest in modernisation and expansion of steel plants of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) in various states to enhance the crude steel production capacity in the current phase from 12.8 MTPA to 21.4 MTPA and from 3.0 MTPA to 6.3 MTPA respectively.

The Ministry of Steel is facilitating setting up of an industry driven Steel Research and Technology Mission of India (SRTMI) in association with the public and private sector steel companies to spearhead research and development activities in the iron and steel industry at an initial corpus of Rs 200 crore (US$ 31.67 million).

Some of the other recent government initiatives in this sector are as follows:

  • Government has planned Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) with four iron ore rich states i.e., Karnataka, Jharkhand, Orissa, and Chhattisgarh to set up plants having capacity between 3 to 6 MTPA.
  • SAIL plans to invest US$ 23.8 billion for increasing its production to 50 MTPA by 2025. SAIL is currently expanding its capacity from 13 MTPA to 23 MTPA, at an investment of US$ 9.6 billion.
  • A Project Monitoring Group (PMG) has been constituted under the Cabinet Secretariat to fast track various clearances/resolution of issues related to investments of Rs 1,000 crore (US$ 152 million) or more.
  • To increase domestic value addition and improve iron ore availability for domestic steel industry, duty on export of iron ore has been increased to 30 per cent.

Road ahead

India is expected to become the world's second largest producer of crude steel in the next 10 years, moving up from the third position, as its capacity is projected to increase to about 300 MT by 2025. Huge scope for growth is offered by India’s comparatively low per capita steel consumption and the expected rise in consumption due to increased infrastructure construction and the thriving automobile and railways sectors.

Exchange Rate: INR 1 = US$ 0.0152 as on September 18, 2015

References: Media reports, Press Releases, Press Information Bureau, Department of Industry Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Steel, Confederation of Indian Industries

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.


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