As the race to buy the rest of Tata Steel’s UK business quickens, what will either Liberty House Group or Excalibur Steel Limited get for their money if they take on the whole venture?
The main facility is at Port Talbot, South Wales, now the UK company’s only integrated steelmaking plant. It produces hot and cold rolled strip products and employs 4,000 people. Neighbouring Llanwern, has galvanising and pickling plants and Orb Works in Newport produces electrical steel. These two plants between them have 1,250 employees.
Other Welsh plants are those in Trostre, also in South Wales which produces tinplate with 658 employees, and in Shotton, North Wales where there is a galvanising and colour coating facility employing 700. Building Systems in Caerphilly, South Wales produces roofing and cladding systems for the construction sector with a 200-strong workforce.
Tata’s engineering and speciality steel operations in South Yorkshire in Rotherham and Stocksbridge have a total staffing of 1,700 people equally divided between the two sites. Tube and pipe are produced at mills in Hartlepool in the north-east of England and in Corby in the UK midlands. These plants employ 500 and 550 employees respectively.
Tata also has two research facilities, one located in Rotherham and one based at Warwick University, employing another 200 people in total. The main UK distribution operation is based at Wednesfield again in the midlands, where Tata employs 450 people.
Some of these operations have overseas branches which are not included in the proposed UK package up for sale, Tata Steel tells Kallanish.