Jindal Stainless Limited has shipped 28 kg of hot rolled stainless steel plate samples to Sweden through the recently opened direct air cargo operations at Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA). Being the first company to have participated in direct air cargo operations, India’s biggest producer of stainless steel has created history.
The first-ever direct shipment from BPIA was flagged off in the presence of prominent dignitaries such as the Minister of MSME Department, Pratap Keshari Deb; Principal Secretary of MSME Department, Saswat Mishra (IAS); and Principal Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Transport, Usha Padhee (IAS).
Abhyuday Jindal, the Managing Director of Jindal Stainless, conveyed his enthusiasm and underscored the significance of this development in amplifying Odisha’s export potential and fostering economic growth in the region. He highlighted the positive impact on employment opportunities and viewed the utilization of air cargo capabilities at Bhubaneswar airport as a mutually beneficial situation.
Deepak Agrawal, the Unit Head of Jindal Stainless’s Jajpur manufacturing facility, praised the collaboration among stakeholders, airport management, and the local government. He emphasized the company’s commitment to dismantling barriers, promoting expansion, and transforming the production environment.
Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, the BPIA can now efficiently manage approximately 1,000 metric tonnes of international freight annually, enabling direct shipments to various nations.