May 20 2022 , Chennai Highlighting the importance of copper and its contribution to the modern world , Sterlite Copper launched a Coffee Table Book , showcasing its origin and its definitive role in shaping the modern world , at the SICCI CXO Concleve , held in Chennal today , Unveiled by Mr. Mayur Karmakar , MD , International Copper Association , India , with Ms. A. Sumathi , Chief Operating Officer , Sterlite Copper , the 70 page book comes with an interesting title ” Hi VM COPPER “
The book traverses the entire journey of copper from its discovery in 9000 BC in an Egyptian river to the current times , focusing on its integral role in creating the modern world as we know it today . The book also traces the lifecycle of the metal and covers the entire gamut of its industrial and sectoral usage ranging from Power , Defence , Automobiles , Healthcare , FMCD among others.
Speaking at the launch of the Coffee Table Book , Ms. A. Sumathi , Chief Operating Officer , Sterlite Copper said , ” We are delighted to unveil the Copper Coffee Table book ” Hi , I’m Copper . ” The book aims to essay the journey of Copper and Sterlite’s smeltingstory Over the last 25 years , Sterlite Copper has leveraged on technology to upgrade its processes and we had always benchmarked our practices to the global standards in terms of energy efficiency , copper recovery , effluent treatment while being sensitive to our corporate ethos of ESG standards.
The book highlights how Sterlite Copper , which began with a 100 KTPA Smelter in the year 1996 , went on to become the largest supplier of Copper in India , meeting nearly 30 % of the country’s copper demand by 2018. The operations of the plant are also benchmarked against global best – practices with certifications in Quality , Environment , Occupational Health & Safety , Energy . The plant has also invested heavily in environmental safeguards such as Gas Scrubbers , Effluent Treatment Plants and Reverse Osmosis Plants in order to ensure a safe and sustainable operation in Thoothukudi . The plant has been certified for its Zero Liquid Discharge , Water Consumption Management , Waste Reduction and Repurposing Waste towards Sustainable Applications.
The book also clearly brings out the economic benefits of the Thoothukudi plant in Tamil Nadu . It had emerged as a pillar of support for the community and a provider of livelihood to thousands of people . By directly engaging with about 1,000 trucks on a daily basis , the plant had provided livelihood to 9,000 drivers and cleaners . With more than 650 supply and service partners , Sterlite Copper had helped generate businesses worth of $ 134 million . every year , and contributed approximately $ 295 million to the national exchequer .
Additionally , it provided more than 17 % of Thoothukudi port’s total revenue .Even the by products of the copper smelting like sulphuric acid , phosphoric acid , gypsum and copper slag act as critical input for a number of important industries .While sulphuric acid is the primary raw material for chemical and fertiliser , gypsum is a key ingredient for cement production.
AddsMs .A. Sumathi , Chief Operating Officer Sterlite Copper : ” Copper is the third most used metal in industrial and civil applications across the world and its constantly increasing demand increases the need for production , thereby having a direct impact on employment opportunities & downstream industries . We at Sterlite have created a direct employment for 4000 people and impacted more than 20,000 people engaged in various supplier and customer units . Through the book , we want everyone to become aware about the journey & importance of copper and Sterlite , which together contributed immensely to the overall economy, not just at a national level, but also at a state and District level,