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25th November 2022

BALCO culminates month-long celebration of World Quality Month

Balconagar; 25th November, 2022: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium observed World Quality Month across its operations through several awareness-building activities for its employees, business partners and community members. The activities aimed at enhancing their awareness on the importance of quality and enabling them to become an active contributor in building a sustainable quality culture.

The World Quality Month is an annual occasion during which organizations globally reaffirm a quality-first approach to their processes, while also recognizing ongoing efforts to adhere to this objective. Based on this year’s theme ‘Quality Conscience: Doing the Right Thing’, BALCO organized a variety of initiatives such as Nukkad Natak, slogan writing, poster making, photography, poem writing contests and conducting rallies at the factory shop floor to ensure ground-level implementation of best quality practices. Apart from this, the month-long quality awareness campaign also extended to school students, in order to share with them the importance of ensuring quality in every field and the ways to achieve it.

Speaking about BALCO’s commitment towards maintaining quality across its operations, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO, said, “Quality is an important aspect of everything we do, and is the driving force of our journey to operational excellence. We at BALCO strive to improve the quality of our processes and our products by consistently enabling our workforce to implement quality practices at benchmark levels. Through our excellence-driven endeavors, we aim to further enhance our capability to create industry-best products.”

As a result of BALCO’s consistent efforts to build operational excellence, BALCO has received the BIS license (Bureau of Indian Standards – Government of India) for seven products namely Rolled Products (Sheet, Plate-Conductors & Plate-General Engineering), Wire Rod, Alloy Ingot, EC Ingot and Primary Ingot. Committed to deliver value to its customers, BALCO has also developed an inhouse cold PoDFA sampling and testing facility. Porous Disk Filtration Apparatus (PoDFA) is a technology to identify the type of inclusion (a body or particle of distinct composition embedded in metal) present in the molten melt, so that targeted efforts can be undertaken to improve quality of finished products by eliminating inclusions.

Testifying to the organization’s dedicated efforts towards quality enhancement, BALCO has displayed exemplary performance at different chapter conventions on quality concepts in the year 2022, with 29 teams from the company taking part in different conventions. Overall, 8 teams bagged the Super Gold Award, 17 teams were conferred the Gold award, and 4 teams received the Silver award . Apart from this, BALCO also bagged top recognitions in Knowledge Tests and Best Page Setting Award at different chapter conventions.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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