Teesside's steelworks have been largely responsible for a boost in Britain’s steel production during the first half of the year.
According to figures released yesterday by UK Steel, a division of the EEF manufacturers’ organisation, steel output during the second quarter of 2013 averaged 231,000 tonnes a week, 10% higher than the 210,000 tonnes a week produced in the first quarter and 11% higher than the 208,000 tonnes in the same quarter last year.
This was the highest quarterly figure since the fourth quarter of 2009, when output also averaged 231,000 tonnes a week.
Director of UK Steel, Ian Rodgers, said: “This improvement has been mainly driven by increasing output from SSI’s Teesside steelworks, which is largely geared towards supplying export markets, and in particular to meeting the needs for semi-finished steel of its Thai owners.
“So while this is good news both for Britain’s balance of payments, and for the economy of the North East, it can’t be allowed to hide the fact that closer to home, steel markets remain depressed in both the UK and the rest of Europe.”
Sahaviriya Steel Teesside is the successor to Teesside Cast Products, the acquisition agreement having been signed in February 2011 by SSI UK and Tata Steel UK.
It provides a modern iron and steel making facility on a coastal site in Redcar and is fully integrated from raw material agglomeration to coke making, through to iron and steel-making and power generation.
The blast furnace there is the second largest of its kind in Europe and has an annual steel slab production capacity of 3.5m tonnes.
EEF is the representative voice of manufacturing in the UK and has a growing membership of more than 6,000 companies, employing some 900,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, construction and technology industries.