HINDUSTAN ZINC RECEIVES DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATE AWARD 2017

Hindustan Zinc received the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Award 2017 under the Non-Ferrous & Precious Metals category in a glittering function held in Mumbai on 1st June 2017.
This is the 9th consecutive win for Hindustan Zinc in the category. The award was presented by Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal, Honourable Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Government of India.


Mr. Vijay Jayarama Murthy - Head, Marketing received the Award on behalf of Hindustan Zinc.

“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go…”-Sunil Duggal-CEO, Hindustan Zinc

Sir David Frederick Attenborough, veteran broadcaster and naturalist said, “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment. It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement, the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest.  It is greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
I remember on my first birthday, my father planted a sapling. It was a festivity for the entire family. As I was growing I had a unique attachment with that sapling, which was growing with me, rather taller than me. Since many years it has been a symbol of love and affection as my childhood memories have been associated with it.

The thought of planting sapling was never out of environment protection but for affection as we knew nature was quite capable of taking care of itself and most importantly of us.

I always understood two aspects of nature - its ‘significance’ and its ‘power’.  I use the word ‘power’ to describe the nature because the nature is not defenceless. It does not need our mercy. The way we care for it today is the same way it is going to deal with us tomorrow.

Today on the occasion of World Environment Day, I am not going to narrate methods to protect environment or nature or save endangered species or develop biospheres & horticulture parks or beautify land through reclamations and plant more trees. That I know and believe that all of us are dedicated to save energy, water and we are using best of global technology to make our operations as much environment caring.

Today, I want to express my perspective of care for environment, beyond compliance.

You would have noticed, where the quality of life goes down for the environment, the quality of life will go down for the humans.
We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go.
Sometimes, just take a break and think - what have we given back to the nature who has given us its heart and soul from past millions of years.

Albert Einstein said, Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. American naturalist, author - John Muir said, ‘in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.’
I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer. Reserve and preserve it for the future of your children.

Trust me, one day, you would see the same nature nurturing our future generations.

HINDUSTAN ZINC CELEBRATES WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY


Employees and their Families participated and Nandghar children became guardian of the planet Earth... 

Hindustan Zinc celebrated “World Environment Day” on 4th & 5th June, 2017 at Head Office and at all its business locations. Hindustan Zinc believes World Environment Day is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care of the Earth and to become agents of change.

During the occasion, Plantation drive was carried out at Zinc Park on 4th June, 2017 where Mr. Sunil Duggal – CEO, HZL, the Chief Guest of the program said ‘I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer. Reserve and preserve it for the future of your children.

Various activities like exhibition, painting competition, inauguration of vermi compost set-up were planned to involve employees, their families and children. Painting competition was organized for children of employees on ‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, to encourage people to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate the beauty of planet, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth for prosperity.

Mr. V Jayaraman – Head EOHS, Mr. Ramakrishnan Kasinath – Head Commercial, Ms. Sonal Shrivastava – Dy. CFO, Ms. Neelima Khetan – Head CSR, Mr. Akhilesh Shukla  - Unit Head R&D - CRDL and other HZL employees along with their families also participated to make the planet greener’.

On 5th June, 2017, Mr. Sunil Duggal, CEO celebrated World Environment Day with children of Padakhadri Nandghar in Udaipur along with his wife Mrs. Ramdeep Duggal.

Mr. Duggal planted a Guava Tree at Nandghar with little Runika and  Mrs. Duggal planted a Mango tree with naughty Jitu. Hindustan Zinc also pledged to plant one fruit tree at every Nandghar. Apart from fruit trees, a seasonal vegetable garden was also set up at the Padakhadri Nandghar.

On this occasion, Mr. Duggal said – ‘let the children become the guardians of this planet, and let Nandghar teach them about caring and nurturing the environment’. During their visit to Nandghar, he interacted with children, participated enthusiastically in their poem recitation and other activites.

Mrs. Duggal also interacted with the parents of Nandghar children to understand the growth and change they see in their children.

Mr. Pavan Kaushik – Head Corporate Communication said “Hindustan Zinc has implemented extensive green belt development projects and has around 1.4 million of green cover around its operations.”


Also present were Mr. Manoj Nashine - Unit Head, Zinc Smelter Debari, Ms. Neelima Khetan - Head CSR, Ms. Priyanka Singh - CEO Seva Mandir and other representatives of HZL & Seva Mandir.


ASK FOR ZINC - SEA VIEW V/S SEE VIEW

Who does not want to have a bungalow or flat facing sea.  Globally, everyone wants to stay in room in a hotel that is facing sea-view. The mesmerising nature has its own depth like ocean which cannot be measured. But not many know that the coastal environment causes severe damage to the building structure and envelope (i.e., exterior doors, windows, skylights, exterior wall coverings, soffits, roof systems, and attic vents). When steel reinforcement corrodes, the corrosion product occupies more than three times the volume of the original steel, exerting great disruptive tensile stress on the surrounding concrete, leading to further cracking, more weather access and further corrosion. In mild cases, rust staining occurs whereas in more serious cases severe spalling of concrete may occur and ultimately the concrete members may fail completely.

The corrosive effect of salt-laden, wind-driven moisture in coastal areas cannot be overstated. Salt-laden, moist air can corrode exposed metal surfaces and penetrate any opening in the building. Corrosion is most likely to attack metal connectors that are used to attach the parts of the structure to one another, such as floor joists to beams and connectors used in cross-bracing below the finished lowest floor. Galvanized connectors coated with Zinc at the rate of 0.9 ounce per square foot of surface area (designated G-90) can corrode in coastal environments at a rate of 0.1 to 0.3 millimetre/year. At this rate, the Zinc protection will be gone in 7 years. Alternatively, a G-185 coated connector, which provides twice as much protection as G-90, can corrode in less than 20 years.

More galvanized protection (more ounces of Zinc per square foot of surface area to be protected) increases service life. Corrosion can also affect fasteners for siding and connectors for attaching exterior-mounted heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units, electrical boxes, lighting fixtures, and any other item mounted on the exterior of the building.

Corrosion of reinforcing steel is one of the most important causes of deterioration of concrete structures in coastal environment. High permeability concrete, poor design detailing and construction defects such as inadequate depth of cover allow the ingress of salt and moisture into the concrete. High concentration of salt and moisture result in accelerated corrosion of reinforcing steel thereby significantly deteriorating the concrete structure.

Corrosion is commonly associated with deposition of sea salt in presence of moisture on steel and light metals. Chloride is the most significant corrosive species in the salt particles. Corrosion is influenced by the amount of salt on the metal surface and related to speed and direction of wind, distance of structure from the shore, elevation of the structures, degree of sheltering and frequency and amount of rain washing. Other factors that influence corrosion include time of wetness, relative humidity, metal surface temperature etc. Normal steel has poor resistance in coastal atmosphere and hence requires protection for durability.

So, moral of the story is… Do have a SEA facing bungalow or flat, SEE that the steel used is Galvanised…