Midrex Establishes Engineering Center in India – Jim Lewis Named General Manager

Jim Lewis

With the increased interest in direct reduction as the preferred ironmaking process for decarbonizing steel production, Midrex is setting up an engineering center in India.

The strategic objective is to position Midrex engineering resources globally to better serve the growing demand for MIDREX® Plants. The engineering center will operate from the offices of Midrex India near New Delhi.

Jim Lewis, who rejoined Midrex in 2019 as a Senior Research Engineer at the Research & Technology Development Center, has been chosen to lead Midrex India Engineering as general manager. Prior to returning to Midrex, he owned and operated Coastal River Engineering, PLLC, a multi-disciplinary engineering company that provided mechanical engineering services for several Midrex projects including LGOK HBI-3, Lion, and Qatar Steel 2 and field commissioning services for the ESISCO, JSPL Angul, Lion, Shadeed, Tosyali I, and TSM (Tuwairqi Steel Mills Ltd.) MIDREX Plants.

Lewis, who serves as Process Coach for the Midrex Innovation Team, will look to establish a similar team in the Midrex India Engineering operation.

(Editor’s note: See the Commentary in this issue by Jim Lewis on the benefits of Innovation Engineering within Midrex Technologies)