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Reopened steel works passes million mark

The Redcar steel plant, which was re-lit in April, has produced its millionth tonne of steel.

The Teesside facility sparked hopes of a resurgence in the local scrap recycling industry when it was reopened by Thai firm SSI UK.

SSI UK chief executive Phil Dryden said: “Although this has been a very tough year for steel businesses across the globe, the plant has operated extremely well since the restart and this is another important milestone reached.

“It is a demonstration of the commitment shown by SSI UK employees and is testament to the support received from all the stakeholders involved in the rebirth of iron and steelmaking on Teesside.”

One scrap merchant in the north-east told MRW last year that the reopened plant could require up to 7,000 tonnes of scrap ferrous metal per week.

British Metals Recycing Association director-general Ian Hetherington also said he believed it would be of “great benefit” to the regional scrap industry.

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