Tata Steel plans to reduce its dependence on China for consumable products, particularly manganese; refractory products; compounds; electrodes and rolls for its steel mills.
The strategy is part of an overall global trend wherein the company focuses on minimising risk to its China supply chain, which has been impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak.
The company plans to source some of its consumables from Turkey and Brazil to reduce dependency on any one country.
The strategy aims to lower the risk of operations getting impacted.
Overall cost incurred by sourcing from countries other than China is likely to be offset by the cost of any potential supply disruption being avoided.