Tata Steel UK Transforming of Corby Steel Tube Plant
Tata Steel UK is transforming its Corby steel tube making site in the UK’s East Midlands which will give the business the best chance of a strong future. Work has started at the 150 acre site which produces vital products for everything from sports stadium and iconic skyscrapers, such as the Shard in London, to hospital beds and renewable green energy schemes around the world. Workers at the site produce steel tube products from steel made at the company’s Port Talbot works. Now manufacturing processes on the site will be brought closer together as part of the GBP 25 million scheme which is being paid for in part with the sale of land freed up by the changes as well as savings from operational improvements.
The two-year investment project will see the creation of a single high-tech warehouse, the relocation and upgrading of the important rectangular hollow section processing line and the cold mill. These are where many of the most important products produced by the Corby site are made.
Sustainability is at the core of the improvements with material from old concrete floors being recycled on site to help create the sub-base for the warehouse. Meanwhile the relocation of the RHS and CFM processes will see improved efficiency and reduced energy consumption.
The new warehousing system will bring significant advantages to the current system, enabling the Tubes operation to rotate stock much more efficiently and reduce stock losses.