A ceremony is taking place to celebrate the first shipment of SSI steel from Teesside.
More than 48,000 tonnes of steel worth around $30 million (£18 million) is being exported to Thailand.
A memorial has been created for a popular Teesside MP. Ashok Kumar died in March 2010. Now, as a lasting tribute, a bench has been placed in Stewart Park. Many friends and family attended the unveiling ceremony today, including Dr Kumar's brother Ravi.