Liberty Steel plans to increase the capacity of its Rotherham plant in the UK and expand the product range of its Thrybergh mill, the company said.
“We are aiming to achieve annual production of 1 million tonnes over the next 3-5 years, and this starts with the Thrybergh Bar Mill upgrade, which will allow production of GREENSTEEL valves from September,” said a Liberty spokesman.
Liberty acquired the Rotherham steel mill from Tata Steel three years ago when the plant was only producing 225,000 tonnes per year and has since increased production to 500,000 tonnes per year.
Liberty will be able to supply 25, 32, 40 and 50mm rebar for the B500C (BS4449) grade by September 2020, with additional sizes to be added by the end of the year. Rebar will be added to Liberty’s UK range, which already includes long products, hot rolled coils, plate, structural and precision tubes, trade bar, line tubes and special alloy and remelted steels. Other products under development include powdered metals.
Liberty said that with this new product strategy, it will be able to supply UK-made GREENSTEELs for domestic infrastructure projects that will be vital to the UK’s recovery from the pandemic.
“With new developments at Thrybergh Bar Mill, the business is well positioned to capture a larger share of the UK construction market thanks to the competitive offer of GREENSTEEL fittings for projects such as the HS2, which will lead to significant growth in production at Rotherham,” said Liberty Steel Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta …
The need for the rebar market in the UK is about 1.2 million tonnes per year, which is more than £ 500 million. Currently, half of this demand is met by imports, while construction growth is expected to come from infrastructure projects such as the HS2 high-speed rail service.