20 June 2024
Corporate News

New tube mill takes shape at Corby

Tube mill parts arriving at Corby

A brand new steel tube-making machine is taking shape at Tata Steel’s Corby works as part of its site-wide £30 million development programme.

The tube mill, which has been designed and built by leading Italian engineering company Mair Research, has started to arrive in sections at the Northamptonshire site and will be installed by British company, Rapid Response Solutions (RRS). 

The new ‘combination’ tube mill, which will replace two older machines, is due to be commissioned in October this year.

Tata Steel’s Works Manager at Corby, Gary Blackman said: “This is a hugely exciting time for the site. The new tube mill will replace our old cold-formed tube mill and our 6” tube mill and has been years in the planning. It’s the latest piece in the puzzle to transform Corby into a truly world-class and net-zero steel tube making facility.”

Claire Mellows, RRS Group’s Business Development Director commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the installation contractor for this project – one of the first new mills to be built for Tata Steel in the UK in decades.  This project represents another chapter in RRS’s growth strategy, and we are thrilled to be working alongside the Tata Steel project team. We look forward to delivering the new tube mill on time, on budget and with safety as our absolute priority.”

It’s the latest piece in the puzzle to transform Corby into a truly world-class and net-zero steel tube making facility.”

Already the Tata Steel Corby site is benefitting from a new integrated warehouse facility and has replaced old inefficient gas-fired furnaces with electric induction furnaces in its stretch-reduction tube mill on the site’s journey to net zero. 

Tata Steel also recently announced the sale of a redundant part of the site. The £12mn generated from the sale will be used for further developing its stores, workshops and offices.

Project Manager Nigel Chudley added: “I’d like to pay credit to local Corby company, MPB, whose work in completing the civil engineering work on site, has been superb. 

“With parts of the new tube mill arriving daily, we’re now looking forward to collaborating in a similar fashion with Rapid Response Solutions, with the original equipment manufacturer, Mair, also onsite to oversee the construction and commissioning.”

 

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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 2045 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. 

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