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Steelmaking halted at SSI Redcar plant

SSI UK have announced that steelmaking on Teesside is being paused.

They say it is due to ongoing issues with the supply of raw materials and services.

Preparations are being made to systematically reduce the production during the course of today, with a view to retaining the plant in a condition whereby it can be brought back into production at an appropriate point.

Redcar Coke Ovens and the Power Station will continue to operate at a reduced level.

Production at South Bank Coke Ovens will cease and the plant will be mothballed.

“It is with great regret that we have had to make this announcement and we are deeply aware of the concern it will give to our employees and their families.

The problems within the global steel industry have been well publicised in recent weeks and our decision follows a major deterioration in steel prices affecting our business during the course of this year. Our parent company and other stakeholders have given great support to the business, and the decision to pause our iron and steel production has been taken reluctantly and in a scenario where no other practical options are available at present.

We are taking this pause in production in order to re-evaluate and assess the situation following the outcome of ongoing discussions with our various stakeholders, including Government and suppliers. Discussions will be held as soon as possible with our trade unions and employee representatives to clarify the effect the production pause will have on our employees ”

– Cornelius Louwrens, UK Business Director and Chief Operating Officer

Subsea industry "great for young people"

MPs, councillors and business leaders gathered in Newcastle this morning (May 22) to witness the opening of one of the world's biggest cable making machines.

The 'Vertical Helix Assembly Machine' makes sixty kilometre long tubes, so oil companies can reach the most remote parts of the sea.

Bruce Shepherd from Shepherd Offshore says Tyneside is proving to be at the forefront of the subsea industry and it is providing great opportunities for young people.


Steel firm brings 150 jobs and millions in investment

This machine is the only one of its type in the world. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A giant steel tube maker has been opened on Tyneside, securing more than 150 jobs and millions of pounds of investment.

The 'Vertical Helix Assembly Machine' builds cables that are up to 60km long, and can extract oil from the bottom of the sea.

It is the only machine of its type in the world. The manufacturers had to build one of Europe's biggest single-storey buildings in Newcastle to accommodate it.

Businessmen at the launch said it helps continue the redevelopment of the Tyne, after the end of shipbuilding more than 20 years ago.

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