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Newport metal recycling plant "significant step" for steel industry

Steel firm Liberty House has announced it's to launch a metal recycling business, under its plans for the future of steelmaking in the UK.

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The company said it will set up a processing centre in Newport, where it already operates a one million tonne a year hot strip mill.

Recycling centres are also expected to be set up in other areas in the UK including Scotland and the Midlands.

The company said it has plans to develop its recycling business in the United State and Europe.

Liberty House executive chairman Sanjeev Gupta has described the launch as a "significant step" for the steel industry.

The projected growth in the supply of scrap in the UK and in other developed economies over the coming years provides the basis for a strong, competitive and sustainable steel industry for the future.

– Sanjeev Gupta, Liberty House

Liberty Steel has previously expressed interest in buying Tata's Port Talbot plant.

Read more: Tata staff want 'commitments' as uncertainty for Port Talbot continues


250 jobs lost at Port Talbot steel engineering firm

An engineering company in Port Talbot has closed with the loss of 250 full time jobs.

Fairwater Fabrications, based in Port Talbot, has been involved in the steel industry for more than 35 years.

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The company, which supplied Tata Steel and was involved in making steel buildings and other product, said the closure was due to the down turn in production at the Tata Steelworks.

Chairman Gherold Davies told ITV Cymru Wales News that the company had received no support from the Welsh Government and had been forced to close.

On its website the company says it is "one of the largest privately owned employers in the area." Manufacturing projects range from the erection of steel buildings, conveyors for the steel industry and support bridges.

Sandra McAlister and Simon Barriball of McAlister and Co has been appointed as the proposed liquidators.

Fairwood says a total of 250 jobs have been lost since January. The remaining 66 employees were made redundant when the firm closed on 8 July.

The company is due to enter liquidation on 26 July.

Union 'encouraged' after Business Secretary visit to Port Talbot

The new Business Secretary has met workers at Port Talbot steel plant which still has doubts over its long-term future.

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Steel giant Tata has halted plans to sell the huge site and is working on keeping its UK business as part of a joint venture with German conglomerate Thyssen Krupp.

Greg Clark, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited the Port Talbot works yesterday and met workers and union officials.

I am encouraged that Greg Clark has met with steelworkers in his first week on the job. He will have left today in no doubt that Community will keep the pressure on this Government to keep their promises to protect the steel industry.The new Secretary of State clearly understands the scale of the challenge still facing the industry, but his words to steelworkers today must be followed by firm actions to help save their jobs. By visiting Port Talbot, he will have seen first-hand that the highly skilled workforce is the foundation on which any success for this industry will be built.

– Roy Rickhuss, Community union

Plaid Cymru AM "deeply disappointed" at news of Tata sale suspension

Plaid Cymru AM Adam Price has said he is "deeply disappointed" at the news that steel giant Tata is to suspend its sales process in the UK.

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On Friday it was announced that the planned sale of the Port Talbot plant would be halted, after talks with potential bidders in Mumbai.

The company released a statement saying that they will look at "alternative and more sustainable" solutions for the European part of their business, adding they are now talking to "strategic players" in the steel industry.

I am very concerned at the news of the suspension of the sales process and am deeply disappointed that the Wales-led management and worker buyout will not be able to go to the next stage of the process.

We have heard speculation that one of the alternative solutions is a potential link-up with German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp.

We do not believe that this would be in the long-term interests of the Welsh and UK steel industries.

Indeed if this speculation proves to be accurate and unless an explicit long-term commitment is made to the future of operations in Wales, then we will call on the UK Government to initiate a temporary full nationalisation of Tata's UK operations in order to continue with the sales process.

Merger with the German steelmaker would very likely lead to the closure of the Port Talbot steelworks and the concentration of activity at Ijmuiden, and must be opposed at all costs.

– Adam Price, Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy
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