British Steel Setting Up Steel Service Centre at Skinningrove
British Steel has announced the single largest investment for more than 30 years in its Special Profiles business.TheGBP 26 million project will see new downstream processing facilities constructed at the company’s Skinningrove site and forms part of a GBP 100 million investment this year by Jingye Group to improve British Steel’s manufacturing and environmental performance. The new service centre, which will include cut to length lines, product milling, machining and warehousing operations, will enable the company to make and process an extended range of value added profiles for the forklift industry. The advanced milling and machining capability will also mean the company can offer profiles with world leading tolerances of just 0.1mm.
The company is experiencing strong growth for its products, particularly those used in the mining and construction sectors as well as the especially demanding application of high reach trucks. These vehicles are typically used to move loads in warehouses and because they operate at heights, or lengths, in the order of 8 metres, exceptionally high tolerances are needed for the mast section, the moving part that enables the truck’s forks to reach, collect and move items.
Work on the new facilities is planned to begin towards the end of the year with commissioning expected to start in August 2023. The large scale of the scheme will involve a wide range of contractors covering a vast array of skills, from construction to turning and milling expertise to automated warehousing companies.
The new Skinningrove facility will replace the services currently offered at the company’s site in Darlington, which stores and cuts profiles to customer requirements.
The latest scheme builds on previous investments, including the installation of a GBP 2 million world-leading surface descaling system, a high-tech product processing centre and a unique robotic identification tracking control for each profile manufactured at the Skinningrove mill.