Nonferrous Materials Technology Development Centre is an autonomous R &D institution dedicated to the development of (i) specialty materials, (ii) advanced & innovative processes, (iii) value added products and (iv) comprehensive technologies in the nonferrous materials arena. Set up with only a one time contribution from the premier nonferrous metal industries, the centre is designed to be small in size, flat in structure, scientist and engineer based and technology oriented. The objectives of the centre may be stated succinctly as technology development for selected nonferrous materials and transfer for large scale production. This aim involves (i) R&D in the laboratory scale (scientific know-why), (ii) scaled up experimentation of processes with selected product development and process optimization (technical know-how),(iii) establishment of technology demonstrator and techno economics feasibility,(iv) sensitization of the market, and finally,(v) technology transfer. Inbuilt in these objectives is the development of comprehensive technology packages (i.e., material + process + product development + equipment engineering) suitable not just for technology transfer, but also technology “transplantation” from NFTDC to the prospective industry.
NFTDC is a unique and the only R &D institute of its kind in the country in that the centre undertakes sponsored R & D projects involving the scientific know-why as well as technical know-how, thus forming the continuous Research and Development linkage from concept to eventual transfer for commercial production. NFTDC is thus the appropriate R&D forum to approach for the development of specialty alloys and materials, components, process know-how and optimization, material testing and characterization, technical consultancy service and complete technology development packages on turnkey basis.