Tata Steel has unveiled a £7million investment plan for its Hartlepool tube mill in north east England which the Indian steel giant says will cut carbon emissions, improve capacity and cut costs to strengthen its UK business.
The investment will go into a new slitter which will enable the Hartlepool site to process steel coils delivered from Tata’s Port Talbot steelworks in South Wales. All steel products produced at the site, where nearly 300 people work producing up to 200,000 tonnes of steel tubes per year, are 100% recyclable and the investment should pay for itself in less than three years.
This project will allow us to bring a vital process on site, which will free up thousands of tonnes of capacity at the Port Talbot site, Andrew Ward, Tata Steel’s Hartlepool Works Manager, said last week.
This will improve our efficiency and reduce overall CO2 emissions from our steel processing, as well as total business costs, he said.
Currently, large slabs of steel are slit at Port Talbot before being rolled and sent to Hartlepool to be made into steel tubes, which are then used in a wide range of products such as agricultural machinery, sports stadiums , steel framed buildings and the energy sector. .
The new project is expected to take over a year and is the second major investment announced by the Indian company in the UK this year following an investment plan for its Corby site in the North East region of England. Both projects will further strengthen business in the UK, improving customer services and using the latest technology available to reduce environmental emissions, Tata Steel UK said.
Andrew Ward added: First and foremost, safety will be a key factor in this investment, both during the construction phase and when the new cutter is operational. It will feature the latest in computer controlled technology, reducing the need for our employees to be near any hazardous operations and it will be as energy efficient as possible.
The new slitting line will optimize the UK value chain for our smaller tube product range, allowing steel coils to flow through the line and providing flexibility with on-site slitting. This investment will support the continued drive to improve the performance and responsiveness of delivery to customers that the Hartlepool 20 Mill team is proud of.
Tata Steel in the UK says it has ambitions to be net zero steel by 2050 at the latest and to have cut CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030. The vast majority of this work will need to be carried out in South Wales, where the company’s largest operational site is.
Tata Steel says it is developing detailed plans for this transition to the future steelmaking based on low-CO2 technologies and is set to find out which one will best help achieve its ambitions.
The steel giant is one of Europe’s leading steel producers, with steel production in the Netherlands and the UK and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company’s tubular products are used in a wide range of industries, including construction, machinery manufacturing, energy and automotive. Next week, the company will be at the Wire and Tube 2022 show in Düsseldorf, Germany, after a long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the past few years, we are looking forward to this opportunity to connect with so many customers in one place and showcase our wide portfolio of tubes, said Anil Jhanji, Commercial Director of Tata Steel UK.
We are making major investments to further strengthen our Tubes business and as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, I look forward to meeting all of our customers to show them how we can help them succeed in their markets, added Tony Waite , Tata Steel Director of Tube Sales and Engineering.
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