04 April 2023
Corporate News

New hi-tech tubes warehouse at Tata Steel’s Corby steelworks


Tata Steel’s Corby works is benefitting from a brand new £4million storage and distribution facility for its world-class steel tubes.

The new warehouse is part of a wider site re-configuration programme called Project Aurora, which also involves the installation of a new combination tube mill alongside new offices and testing facilities. The work is being partly funded by the sale of existing land on the Corby site.

The new warehouse, which brings together three former facilities on site, is now in operation with the capacity to store up to 20,000 tonnes of steel tubes.
As well as new cantilevered racking, the facility uses multi-directional trucks (MDTs) to manage the storage and distribution of tubes for use in stadia, construction, engineering and building services applications across the world – even the famous Wembley Arch was made using tubes from Corby!

Process Manager Warehousing Angela Long said: “As well as the new physical structure, we have put in an updated software system, which has ‘safe working limits’ programmed in for every location. 
“Each bundle of tubes—which can weigh up to three tonnes—is scanned into the system so it is stored at an appropriate location. The same system also advises on the correct dispatch point, giving faster customer service and better stock accuracy.”

Works Manager Gary Blackman said, “This is a critical and fundamental piece of the Corby infrastructure that reduces steel movements, improves the quality of our service and makes our workplace safer.”

WATCH Process Manager, Warehousing Angela Long explains the benefits of the new storage facility on Tata Steel UK’s YouTube channel.

For further information: 
Tim Rutter on +44 (0)7850 990755 or tim.rutter@tatasteeleurope.com or
Abigail Thomas on abigail.thomas@tatasteeleurope.com

One of the Multi-Directional Trucks operating in the new tubes storage and distribution facility at Tata Steel’s Corby works

About Tata Steel UK

  • The Tata Steel Group has been named one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is among the top producing global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. 
  • Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest, and to have reduced 30% of its CO2 emissions by 2030. 
  • Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a network of international sales offices around the world.
  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. 
  • Tata Steel Group is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. 
  • The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.


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