Galvanized roll has a lot of usage in different industries due to unique properties and also high resistance against corrosion. One of the largest consumers of this roll is automotive industry. In this regard, a factory for production of galvanized roll for coachbuilding has been built in Sefid Dasht region, Borujen, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province. This initiative led to sharp decline in last price of producing roll inside the country in comparison with the price of imported product. In the following, there is an interview with Asghar Esmaeeli, CEO of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Automative Sheet Company.

Please explain more about the history of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Automative Sheet Company (CBASCO) and its activity.
To build the industrial unit, a 150 hectares land was allocated to the project in Borujen – Shahr-e-Kurd road, it has 28 km distance from Borujen and 34 km distance from Shahr-e-kurd.  This factory produces 400000 tons automotive roll and industrial roll per year and it is the only factory in the Middle East to produce galvanized roll with 0.4 mm to 2 mm thickness and 800 to 1880 mm width. The raw material of most of industries in the province including Barfab factory is supplied by our factory and we have important role in making added value in the province. Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Automative Sheet Company enjoys high capability in terms of quality production due to using high quality raw material and modern machinery and equipment. Due to using quality management systems and standardization, the company had good achievements including receiving especial certificate to export steel products (COC) from SGS institute in Switzerland´, receiving quality management certificate in automotive industry (ISO/TS16949), national standard certificate and also quality certificate from national institute for industrial research and standard.

Please explain more about the capacities of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Automative Sheet Company.
Metal industry as a mother industry, always has important impact on countries’ economic development and improvement. Given the fact that CBASCO is the only manufacturer of galvanized roll for country’s automotive industry, our main mission is reaching to complete self-sufficiency from importing this product and gaining a special position in automotive industry scene of the country. Managers and staffs of this company have focused all efforts on increasing quality and quantity of the products because for long-term prospect of the company we predicted special place in steel production and special place in automotive part manufacturing and in next phase we will pursue exporting galvanized products. The rated capacity of the company is estimated 400000 tons per year and we are trying to reach this amount as soon as possible.

What achievements did CBASCO have in supplying required material for Iranian automakers?
With launching CBASCO production line one of the main steps to reach country’s industrial goals for self-sufficiency in automotive industry has been taken because our product is unique in Middle East in terms of production scale and type of the product. Another advantage of producing this type of roll is the cheaper last price in market in comparison to imported product and also production of galvanized roll in the country is very influential in balancing the last price of automobile in Iran.

What type of products were the main focus of CBASCO?
Our galvanized roll is being used instead of imported rolls used in coachbuilding industry, this roll has high resistance against corrosion and against different types of erosion such as water-soluble salts, pollution, humidity and other corrosive substances, so the automobile coach built with this roll has higher durability and resistance. This roll has other features such as high forming ability, resistance while be very thin, high smoothness and very good chromism.

What plans does CBASCO’s have for diversification of its products to address the needs of automotive manufacturers?
Currently our company is having mass-production of different types of automotive manufacturers’ required rolls and delivers them such as DX53,DX54,DX56 and E275,E335. High percentage of automakers’ needs are DX53,DX54,DX56 which we produce them without any restriction. In terms of diversification, the company is focusing on production of rolls for surface such as Bake Hardening and Duall Phase.

What plans does CBASCO have for cooperation with international companies?
We have set long term goals for company’s international activity. This company has always tried to keep in touch with international companies in the field of steel technology in order to enhance technical knowledge and technology of equipment. Some of these projects are quality enhancement projects and diversification of products.

What plans does CBASCO have for widespread presence in international markets?
Given the company’s board planned long-term goal and given having the modern technology in the field of galvanized products and given receiving international valid standards certificates, this company has especial plan for international market. Actually, joining international markets is the sign of perseverance and honor for every production factory. If a company manages to find a position in international market it will enjoy more immunity against fluctuations and unexpected problems of domestic market. We are trying to introduce our brand to the international market. Given the high quality of products, this company has the ability for presence in global market.

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