Workers hired for start of production
Steel cutting marks Dalzell plant’s imminent rebirth
Plate rolling operations will restart at the plant later this month.
This is the first production activity to take place at the landmark site since it shut down 10 months ago in the midst of the steel industry crisis.
International industrial and metals group, Liberty House, which bought the plant from Tata Steel in April this year, has now hired 110 employees, close to the number needed to recommence operations.
The recruits include many former employees who have returned, as well as those new to the industry including several apprentices who have begun training for a variety of jobs.
With the plant already securing a number of orders, workers have begun cutting 30-tonne steel slabs into two metre long sections in readiness for rolling into plate steel which is used in a range of industries including the construction, vehicle manufacture and energy sectors.
So far 10,000 tonnes of slab have been delivered to Dalzell from the British Steel works at Scunthorpe, while employees continue their work to recommission the giant rolling mill.
Trial rolling is expected to begin in the next fortnight with a formal restart of production scheduled for 28 September.
Jon Bolton, chief executive of Liberty Steel UK Plates & UK Steel Development, said: “We’re getting very close to the point where we can start making steel plate at Dalzell once again.
“With the start of slab-cutting this week and, with excellent progress being made on recommissioning of the rolling mill, we are right on target to keep our promise to have the works fully operational again in the Autumn.”
Liberty House Group is an international business specialising in metals trading and the manufacture and distribution of steel and advanced engineering products.
Operating from four hubs in London, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, the Group has sites in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Australia and North America.
With a network of offices spread across 30 countries, it has a turnover of $4.3 billion and it employs around 3,000 people.
Liberty House Group is a member of the GFG Alliance, an association between the business interests of Parduman K Gupta and Sanjeev K Gupta.
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