Preparations are underway at Tees Port as the first slabs of steel from the newly re-opened SSI blast furnace are loaded up to be shipped to Thailand.
More than 48,000 tonnes of steel has been produced, with around $30 million (£18 million pounds) worth being loaded now.
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