Tata Steel in Port Talbot in UK is celebrating 40 years of operation of the plant’s Continuous Caster number 1, which has cast over 63 million tonnes of steel. The day was marked with the opening of a new entrance area to the Steel & Slab facility, featuring street art by local Welsh artists and a huge steel ingot, remembering the way steel was made before the introduction of continuous casting technology. The celebrations were given a special boost with the presence of Port Talbot legend and Hollywood superstar Mr Michael Sheen and famous Welsh Actress Ms Di Botcher. When it was commissioned, Caster 1 was the largest single investment ever made at the works. Works started on the plant in May 1979 and by March 1981 more than 125,000 tonnes of concrete, 2300 piles and 12,000 tonnes of steel had gone into the completed foundations. At the time, this was the single biggest investment in the works’ history, costing a staggering GBP 100 million back in 1982. Now Port Talbot has three continuous casters. Tata Steel UK is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany.