PIO deal: Sanjeev Gupta to restart UK steelworks bought from Swraj Paul
The firm, also at the forefront of a bid to acquire Tata Steel's UK assets, said it will commence steel pipe and tube manufacturing from June at Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys, which had been closed when it went into administration in 2015.
"Tredegar will once again supply steel tube domestically. This is great news for the UK steel industry and for skilled workers in South Wales. It is also another step in turning the tide for the UK's steel industry. Steel tube is a vital link in the supply chain and adds to the integration which is essential for the sector," Gupta said.
"The steel ecosystem is at the heart of manufacturing, and the global oversupply of steel increases the need for the UK to refocus our industrial strategy around both reducing costs and adding value to steel. Without significant change we will lose the remaining cornerstone of manufacturing," he said. "Our plan is to restructure the sector around production efficiency, engineering integration, and innovation. Britain's outstanding skills, engineering and production knowledge and resources can re-invigorate the supply chain and bring about a new industrial renaissance," he explained.
The facility was part of the Caparo Industries group of steel and engineering companies rescued from administration by Liberty House in November and December last year. Several companies from the group are now thriving in the West Midlands region of England, supplying a range of core and advanced products to automotive, aerospace and other manufacturers, Liberty House said.
The latest announcement marks the seventh British steelworks Liberty House has re-opened in as many months. Tredegar was inaugurated by Prince Charles in 1977, with a second production line inaugurated there by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1978.