Building DK Building SE Electronics DK Energy DK Food DK Food SE Metal Metal DK Metal NO Metal SE Retail DK Wood DK  


Steelmaking reborn at Teesside site

- By Charlotte Stubben

Metal production is back under way at one of the UK's biggest steel plants, with the first usable slabs of iron due to be produced within days.

Photographs have been released of the blast furnace being relit at the plant in Teesside in the north-east of England, which was rescued from the prospect of closure a year ago by Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) of Thailand.

A gas lance was used to reignite the furnace in a special ceremony. The move will mark the resumption of steelmaking on Teesside following the mothballing of the plant in February 2010.

1,7000 jobs
Around 1,700 workers are now employed on the site and the figure will increase to 1,800, similar to the numbers on site under the previous ownership.

Read more: Tata Steel opens new automotive finishing line

Mr Win Viriyaprapaikit, president of SSI, donned a white hard hat while attending the ceremony in Redcar.

He said: "This is a very proud day for us in SSI and for me personally. I believe that the investment we have made at Teesside will result in a very successful business which will benefit all of the stakeholders involved, including the local community and employees for generations to come."

Long tradition of steelmaking
Mr Phil Dryden, chief executive of SSI UK, said: "I would like to pay tribute to all those who have made this day possible, including the stakeholders for their investment and the people who have worked so hard on the restart project. We now look forward with confidence to resuming the long tradition of steelmaking on Teesside and establishing SSI UK as world class steelmaker."

Watch video Workers return as steelworks furnace is relit.

Watch video Steelmaking returns to Teesside after two years.

Write Comment
Popular Articles

Sign up for our newsletter
Already 11,402 subscribers.
View the latest newsletter.
Follow us on:

See allNews from the companies

AP&T inaugurates new development and production facility in Ulricehamn, Sweden

September 24, 2014 10:57 AM
AP&T

On September 11, AP&T inaugurated its entirely new development and production facility in Ulricehamn, Sweden.

Lesjöfors company Velleuer triples prominent Stihl award

September 23, 2014 10:19 AM
Lesjöfors AB

The German Lesjöfors company Velleuer, situated close to Düsseldorf, was recently honored “Supplier of the Year” by Stihl. A prestigious award Velleuer received for the third time.

ICOM Composites deliver GRP composite raw materials to lifeguard towers.

September 23, 2014 3:40 PM
ICOM Composites A/S

Dansk Polyglas A/S has completed the 26th lifeguard tower and 11 top modules in a complex sand­wich-const­ruction for TrygFonden. The towers can be seen ...

September 19, 2014
September 18, 2014
September 15, 2014
September 12, 2014
September 11, 2014
September 9, 2014
September 8, 2014
September 2, 2014
September 1, 2014
August 25, 2014
August 21, 2014
August 20, 2014