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Steel: the figures

The main steel-making sites in Britain and the numbers directly employed are at Port Talbot (4,100), Rotherham (1,200), and Scunthorpe (3,300). In Wales a further 2,700 work at Trostre, Llanwern, Newport and Shotton. There are rolling mills and coating lines at Hartlepool, Skinningrove and Redcar in he northeast (1,300). There are also sites at Wednesbury and Walsall in the West Midlands (100).

Speciality steel products from Britain are highly regarded. As well as the expertise at Port Talbot, our industry offers:

• Stocksbridge: specialist steels for aircraft landing gear, aircraft engine turbines, oil and gas production.

• Rotherham: engineering steels.

• Clydebridge and Dalzell, Lanarkshire, now bought by Liberty House metals group: will recycle scrap steel for use in engineering steels.

• Caparo, also selling to Liberty House: tube and advanced engineering steel for the automotive and aerospace industries.

• The Newport hot rolling mill, re- opened when the Liberty House group bought it late last year: now makes coil steel for fencing and similar products.

• Carbon and alloy steels made in Tata plants: used by Alstom and Siemens in their power plants.

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