Commenting on the announcement by Tata today, Gareth Stace, Director of UK Steel, said:
“Our fears about further job losses have now been confirmed. If we are to stem this tide then the Business Secretary must now deliver as a matter of urgency the commitments he made at last week’s summit, on energy costs, Business Rates costs and tackling unfair trade. In addition, we must also see a commitment from all parts of government at the highest level to ensure the sector’s survival in the UK.
“The Prime Minister can demonstrate that he is prepared to lead this commitment by stepping in this week and pressing the Chinese Premier about the dumping of under-priced steel which is one of the major factors killing our industry.”
Notes to Editors:
As an indication of the vital national assets that could be lost UK Steel pointed to the following:
The Dalziell plant in Scotland has an array of processes which make it a very special facility which few, if any, in Europe can match. It is the only plant in UK capable of rolling and processing the steel used in Trident submarines and the MoD special Armour plate. If the plant is lost the UK faces the prospect of building the next Trident fleet using imported steel. It is also the only UK facility with the capability to supply the exotic specifications demanded by the offshore oil and gas industry for drilling platforms and oil and gas pipelines.