Tata Steel to replace old Corby factory

Tata Steel is upgrading its infrastructure in the UK to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Chandrashekar Bhat

TATA STEEL said it will replace an old factory at its Corby site in Northamptonshire to improve steel processing efficiency and reduce carbon emission levels.

There are four crushers on site and the new installation will replace one of the two cold crushers.

The Mumbai-based steel major said it was investing “tens of millions” in the new plant, without specifying project expenses.

He said, however, that the construction of the new plant was part of a wider £30 million transformation program being undertaken at Corby.

The company’s commercial director, Anil Jhanji, said the current cold mill continues to operate while the new one is being built.

He said, “The new plant will also allow us to explore other market opportunities while continuing to serve our current customers.

Scheduled to be completed by the end of next year, the new plant will roll steel into tubes that can be used in construction and various engineering applications – from agricultural machinery to bridges and heavy trucks.

It will produce cold-formed structural tubes in round and rectangular sections that are used in the construction and engineering industries.

The plant can produce around 300,000 tonnes of an improved product offering to serve these industries, according to Nigel Chudley who is leading the project.

Tata Steel, one of Europe’s leading steel producers, has taken several steps in the UK to reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency.

These involved upgrading its infrastructure and using bacteria technology to convert emissions into base materials.