London: Tata Steel, the world's 11th largest steel-maker, is ramping up production at its facility in the northeast of England to surpass its nominal 170,000 tonnes per year capacity to support rising customer demand.
Teesside Service Centre at Redcar, next to the company's Teesside Beam Mill, is the only steel sections processing facility in Britain which is backed up by an adjacent production capability.
Ian Beveridge, Tata Steel's director of construction structures, said, "We have established Teesside Service Centre to be able to offer customers a uniquely flexible service. The location at the end of a mill production line gives customers the option of buying ex-rolling or ex-stock".
"Furthermore, the investments we've made in logistics, new handling and processing equipment mean we''re able to offer a product and delivery service with unrivalled speed and efficiency. That all adds up to Teesside Service Centre being the leading distribution facility in the UK and the benchmark in our industry," he said.
Tata Steel has invested a total of 8.5 million pounds in Teesside Service Centre.
Following installation of the last of the new processing equipment due on site, the new facility is looking to surpass its nominal 170,000 tonnes per year capacity in order to support increasing customer demand, the company said.
The centre's product range of sections, including structural hollow sections, serves a wide variety of construction and infrastructure projects from new schools, hospitals, sports complexes and large-scale distribution depots, to the iconic buildings in London.
The specially designed site for Tata Steel's UK sections distribution activities was established in 2012.
Based around an existing warehouse on the Redcar plant site, a modern stocking facility was created with new handling and processing equipment.
Outside stocking areas were reorganised and new access roads built.
The latest developments have involved opening up another warehouse, and installing a high-specification shot-blaster and new heavy sections sawing capacity that has been located in order to reduce handling time and costs.
Teesside Service Centre offers cutting-to-length, shot-blasting and priming (colour-coating) and the centre''s entire operation is also fully compliant with all the new construction products regulations, including CE markings.
The centre employs 94 people, which includes about 40 new jobs created since the centre was established in 2012.
The centre is responsible for managing and distributing steel from the Teesside Beam Mill, as well as Tata Steel's sections mill in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, and the company''s tubes mills in Corby, Northamptonshire.- PTI