Person of Interest
Ram Ramanan, Senior Technical Consultant, PerenniAL
We talked with Ram Ramanan, Senior Technical Consultant at The PerenniAL Group, a leading company in the global aluminum industry, producing metal with a low carbon footprint.
Give us a quick overview of your job.
I work for PereniAL, a value added marketer of aluminum products such as billet, foundry, slab, wire rod and high purity. My main focus is to ensure PerenniAL has access to billet of world class quality. I achieve this by working closely with the billet suppliers, understanding their process and helping them reach operational excellence. The next focus is to provide technical assistance to our billet customers, helping them realize best productivity at the press and also expand their market share by helping them to supply extrusions of superior quality.
What are some things that happen for you in a typical day at work?
We are in the process of developing new reputable billet sources for our customers. It is important to explain to customers the full background of the billet he will be getting, the quality attributes and description of the billet casting facility. Secat is a big partner in this exercise as they examine the billet slice for us and provide excellent feedback on its quality.
How does your job impact the markets you serve?
The North American extrusions market is growing at an average of 3% per year. This means about 150 KMT of new billet supply every year! The volume of value added extrusions is increasing, be it automotive, EV batteries, architectural, transportation, etc. Each market has its own unique demands on extrusions performance. By addressing these needs proactively, our customers are able to grow their business in more value added segments and enjoy a steady business growth.
How do you interact with Secat, Inc. and how does the relationship benefit you?
Secat has become an important part of our value proposition to our customers. Customers send samples for metallurgical evaluation directly to Secat. Shridas at Secat is excellent in getting in touch with me, understanding the nature of the work required and deliver results in a prompt manner. He is not afraid to be challenged and is willing to learn new things with us. He makes all the difference in dealing with Secat.
Tell us something about yourself (outside of the industry) that people may not know.
My wife and I are involved in supporting the girl child in India, ensuring she gets a good education so their voices could be heard. We also provide the platform for the organic farmers and handloom weavers so their future generations can continue the tradition and heritage.
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