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  • 15/12/2020
  • Media Releases

LIBERTY Steel to make further investments at its South Yorkshire GREENSTEEL plant doubling production

  • £60m investment to double production at Rotherham plant to 1mtpa
  • Increased output of low carbon GreBar for UK infrastructure and construction projects
  • LIBERTY and Acenta Steel agree deal to consolidate engineering bar divisions

LIBERTY Steel, part of sustainable industry leader GFG Alliance, has committed to a programme of new investments at its South Yorkshire GREENSTEEL production hub at Rotherham to supply the transport, defence, and construction sectors as part of the UK government’s Build Back Better plan.

The investments, totalling more than £60m, will remove production bottlenecks at its electric arc furnace (N-Furnace) and small bloom caster in Rotherham, helping the business to double existing steel output to 1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

LIBERTY will launch a public tender to upgrade its N-Furnace for increased scrap steel melting, make upgrades to Thrybergh Bar Mill and install a new Rod Block to produce wire rod and de-bar in coil.

The programme will boost supply of sustainably-produced reinforcing bar “GreBar” for schools, hospitals, houses, energy facilities and transport links as part of the UK government’s £100bn infrastructure spending plan. LIBERTY’s production increase will reduce the UK’s reliance on imported steel, helping to strengthen the UK supply chain and secure high-value jobs.
The new initiatives follow hot on the heels of the first shipments of GreBar from Thrybergh targeted at UK infrastructure projects such as HS2. LIBERTY aims to partner with a rebar fabrication company onsite for GreBar production.

At the same time, LIBERTY and Acenta Steel, part of the AARTEE Group, have agreed a deal to combine their engineering bar divisions to deliver a stronger, more efficient high precision steel business supplying industrial customers.

The deal will create AARTEE Bright Bar, a UK market leader in bright bar steel used for high quality components in the automotive, general engineering, hydraulics and yellow goods industries. Julian Schoch, existing Managing Director of the LIBERTY Engineering Bar division, will be Chief Executive of the combined business which will have operations in South Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman, GFG Alliance, said:
“LIBERTY’s programme of further investment in south Yorkshire is proof that the UK steel industry can deliver the low carbon infrastructure Britain needs to build back better. With Government backing for UK steel in procurement for major construction projects, a resurgent steel sector can deliver a new generation of industrial skills and jobs.”

Jon Ferriman, managing director, LIBERTY Steel UK said:
“We’ve already taken big strides by doubling production at Rotherham to 500,000 mt since we acquired the business, including the launch of sustainably-produced new components such as GreBar perfect for infrastructure projects like HS2. The investments we’re announcing today will now double production yet again and put us right on course to hit our target to produce one million tonnes a year at Rotherham. This is a truly exciting prospect for Rotherham which will guarantee its long term viability producing sustainable GREENSTEEL for the growing construction and engineering sectors in the UK.”

Further information from:

Andrew Mitchell
Head of Communications – UK, GFG Alliance
+44 7516 029 522
Henry Evans
Media Relations, GFG Alliance
+44 7540 249 364

Note to Editors:
LIBERTY Steel Group, part of the GFG Alliance and a leading GREENSTEEL producer, is a global integrated steel business bringing together assets across the steel supply chain, from production of liquid steel from raw and recycled materials through to high value precision engineered steels. With a total rolling capacity of 20 million tonnes, 200+ manufacturing locations globally across 12 countries and employing more than 30,000 people, LIBERTY Steel’s furnaces, mills, services centres and distribution sites across the UK, continental Europe, Australia, the United States, India and China serve demanding sectors such as construction, energy, aerospace, automotive, and infrastructure. LIBERTY Steel is a leader in sustainable industry with a mission to become Carbon Neutral by 2030 (CN30).