recreating the technology of 'wootz', historically the world's best steel.
incidentally, i have read some case studies of how tata steel overcome tremendous odds to become one of the world's most efficient producers of steel.
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Technology Saturday, October 13, 2007
Indians develop new iron using ancient technology
By K.S . Jayaraman. Karnataka, India, 11:02 AM IST
Indian metallurgists have developed a type of corrosion-resistant iron that construction engineers would love. And vital clues for it came for Delhi's famous Iron Pillar that has been standing tall for over 1,600 years.
Developed by Ramamurthy Balasubramaniam and his former student Gadadhar Sahoo of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, the iron contains phosphorus and shows remarkable resistance to corrosion, especially in concrete.
'This is a significant first step in the possible commercial (large-scale) use of these irons,' Balasubramaniam, better known as Bala, told IANS.