Tata Steel is investing £8 million at its Clydebridge plant in Cambuslang, Glasgow, to increase its capability to produce high-strength steel plate by expanding the plant’s two furnaces, and installing two new gas-cutting machines and a new stamping and marking machine.
The company expects the investment to boost output from the specialist plant by up to 50% and lead to the creation of about 26 new jobs. Workers at Clydebridge carry out two processes—quenching and tempering—that strengthen steel plate.
Jon Bolton, Director of Tata Steel’s Long Products Hub, said: “This investment supports our ambition to focus on making premium products for profitable markets. The Clydebridge plant specializes in producing difficult-to-make, high-strength steels used in some of the most challenging environments around the world. Increasing our capability at Clydebridge will help us to maximize the value of the steel plate we make in the UK and make this business more competitive and sustainable.
“Steel demand is not back to what it was before the recession—different sectors have recovered at different rates. But we will continue to invest to enhance our capability in manufacturing specialist and highly technical steel products.”
Last August Tata Steel announced an £8 million investment in a new heavy-duty press and other equipment at its nearby Dalzell plate rolling mill, in Motherwell, and the recruitment of 60 new workers across the two Scottish plants.
Colin Timmins, Works Manager of the Dalzell and Clydebridge steelworks, said: “This is the second major investment we are celebrating in less than a year. It’s the largest investment in the Clydebridge steelworks for many years, and it will be welcomed by our workers, their families, and the whole community.”
Quenched and tempered steel plate is typically used in the mining and energy exploration sectors, in products such as underground mining structures, on offshore oil and gas platforms, and in “yellow goods”—cranes, excavators, and dumper trucks. The majority of Clydebridge’s products are exported.
The steel processed at Clydebridge is manufactured in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, before being rolled at one of Tata Steel’s two UK plate mills—Scunthorpe or Dalzell. The recruitment at Clydebridge is scheduled to start next spring prior to the expanded capacity coming on line in summer 2012. The plant’s capacity will increase to 3200 tonnes per week.