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Tata Steel announces ‘Mat-e- Reality’, a first-of-its-kind Technology Convention

Mumbai, May 25, 2021

~ Leading voices spanning industry, academia, research, startups and government organisations will discuss future of mobility enabled by advancements in Materials Science ~

Tata Steel announces the launch of a first-of-its-kind Technology Convention called Mat-e-Reality. It is a two-day event scheduled from May 26-27, 2021. The event is aimed to serve as a platform to bring together some of the leading minds of the world, to deliberate and discuss the evolving expectations from materials emerging from some of the most groundbreaking technologies.

The theme of the event is ‘Materials for Mobility’ that will focus on the rapidly evolving mobility space and its impact on the environment. Exciting technologies like Electric Vehicles, Battery Technologies, Hyperloop, Aerial Taxis, and others will be part of the agenda. Panelists will also speak on the choice of materials that will eventually build the future vehicles and will determine its impact on the environment.

Dr. Debashish Bhattacharjee, Vice President, Technology & New Materials Business, Tata Steel, said: “The very idea of this convention was conceived on the premise of driving participation of a larger audience on discussions related to innovative materials that can enable new technologies and solutions while supporting the humankind’s goal to protect and conserve the environment. We are delighted to announce the launch of this unique convention ‘Mat-e-Reality’ where like-minded experts and leaders will share their experiences and inspire the future generations of engineers and professionals. Innovation led by research and development has been at the very core of Tata Steel’s foundation and will continue to lead us into the future of possibilities.”

 “I take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all our distinguished speakers and enthusiastic audience to this technology convention,” Dr. Bhattacharjee added.

 Ranging from nanospace to aerospace, development in Materials Science and Technology has always been one of the most important enablers in the technological advancements made by human race. With the fast-changing technology landscape, the ask from materials scientists, technologists and manufacturers to develop and supply superior, sustainable and affordable materials is unprecedented. The discussion around this subject, however, has largely been restricted to fewer entities. The technology convention intends to expand the ambit of participation on discussions related to development and deployment of advanced materials to a wider array of stakeholders.

Distinguished speakers from diverse fields will share their knowledge and insights on some of the most defining aspects of Materials Science and technologies in the Mobility domain through keynote sessions and panel discussions. The event will have presence of over 500 distinguished representatives spanning industry, academia, research, startups, and government organisations.

The Technology Convention is structured around 3 aspects: Breakthrough, Breakeven and Breakfree. 

  • Breakthrough: This session will cover breakthrough technologies that are at the initial stages of development but hold the potential for radical advances in materials science. Through the keynote sessions, we will gauge the expectations from materials to make them industry-ready. (e.g. Battery Technologies) 
  • Breakeven: This session will feature a panel discussion to share insights and exchange of ideas on material considerations with respect to technologies that are ready for application at an industrial scale (e.g. Electric Vehicles) 
  • Breakfree: This session will bring in a lateral dimension to the topic, breaking free from conventional applications in the sector. Through the keynote sessions, this section will include discussions on innovative technologies and requirements from future-ready materials (e.g. Aerial Taxis). 

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About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $19.7 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2021.

A Great Place to Work-Certified organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2020 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 by ICAI, among several others.

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Sarvesh Kumar

Chief, Corporate Communications

Tata Steel