Tata Steel unveiled its transformation plans for a steel tube making site in the UK’s East Midlands, which the Indian steel major said will give the business the best chance of a strong future. Work has already started at the 150-acre site at Corby.
Workers at the site produce steel tube products from steel made at Tata Steel’s Port Talbot works in Wales.
Steel is, and will continue to be, an essential part of UK’s plans to decarbonise for the future, said Sandip Biswas, Chairman of Tata Steel UK Ltd. in a statement.
“We need to ensure we are able to make and supply the products right here in the UK which will help transition to a net-zero future,” he said.
The two-year investment project will see the creation of a single high-tech warehouse, the relocation and upgrading of the important rectangular hollow section (RHS) processing line and the cold mill (CFM) where many of the most important products produced by the Corby site are made.
The programme is essential to ensuring a sustainable future for our site and generations of steel workers to come. It will enable us to reconfigure our operations and achieve the highest levels of operational efficiency, said Gary Blackman, Tata Steel Corby Works Manager.
The company says that sustainability is at the core of the improvements, with material from old concrete floors being recycled on site to help create the sub-base for the warehouse work on which has now started.
Tata Steel is one of Europe’s prominent steel producers, with steelmaking in the UK and the Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. It supplies high-quality steel products to diverse markets of construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering.
The India-headquartered Tata Steel Group, with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes, is among the world’s most geographically-diversified steel companies.