Tata Steel invests £7m in new production line at Hartlepool tube mill

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A new ‘slitting line’ is to be launched at Tata Steel’s Hartlepool Tube Mill site as part of a £7million investment.

The manufacturer said the new facilities will mean Hartlepool – which employs around 300 people producing 200,000 tonnes of steel tubes each year – is able to process steel coils delivered from its main steelworks in Port Talbot.

Today’s wide slabs of steel are ‘slit’ – cut to specified lengths and widths – at the Welsh factory before being rolled and sent to Hartlepool where they are made into steel tubes used in everything from agricultural machinery at sports stadiums.

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Tata says the line will take more than a year to establish and the investment will strengthen its UK business by improving customer services and reducing emissions.

Andrew Ward, Tata Steel Works Manager in Hartlepool, said: “This project will enable us to bring vital process to site, which in turn will free up thousands of tonnes of capacity at the Port Talbot site.

“This will improve our efficiency and reduce overall CO 2 emissions from our steel processing as well as reducing total business costs. »

Tata also said the investment is expected to pay for itself within three years and is part of a wider ambition to produce net zero steel by 2050.

Mr. Ward added: “Above all, 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 performance and responsive delivery to customers, of which the Hartlepool 20″ Mill team is proud.”

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