Tata Steel in Port Talbot is today celebrating 40 years of operation of the plant’s Continuous Caster number 1, which has cast over 63 million tonnes of steel.
When it was commissioned, Caster 1 was the largest single investment ever made at the works.
The day is being marked with the opening of a new entrance area to the Steel & Slab facility, featuring street art by local Welsh artists and a huge steel ingot, remembering the way steel was made before the introduction of continuous casting technology.
Port Talbot has three continuous casters, which take liquid steel and—through a series of moulds—casts steel in a continuous strand which is then cut into red-hot solid bars of steel each weighing around 30 tonnes.
Works Manager James Davies said: “Continuous casting technology transformed the way steel is produced. At the time, this was the single biggest investment in the works’ history, costing a staggering £100 million back in 1982. But it quickly became a mainstay of our integrated works.”
Section Leader Graham Rowland, who has been central in organizing the celebrations said: “It is fantastic that we are celebrating this milestone in our history and sharing the day not only with our current employees and contractor partners, but also with former workers and their families who have joined us on site today. We’ve also created a memorial area to remember all those who worked to ensure the plant was here for the current and future generations. This afternoon we’re continuing our celebrations with sports and social activities, hoping to raise lots of money for local charities.”
- Works started on the plant in May 1979 and by March 1981 more than 125,000 tones of concrete, 2300 piles and 12,000 tonnes of steel had gone into the completed foundations.
The celebrations were given a special boost with the presence of Port Talbot legend and Hollywood superstar, Michael Sheen, and famous Welsh Actress Di Botcher.
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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 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.