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  • 08/10/2020
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LIBERTY Steel welcomes shadow cabinet ministers to Rotherham to see GREENSTEEL potential for UK infrastructure

  • Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband MP and Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey MP visit LIBERTY Steel UK’s Rotherham mill
  • See LIBERTY’s GREENSTEEL process and its new sustainably-produced ‘Grebar’ product
  • Grebar able to supply domestic content for major UK infrastructure projects such as HS2

LIBERTY Steel UK, part of the GFG Alliance, today welcomed Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband MP and Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey MP to the company’s Rotherham mill to see how LIBERTY’s new GREENSTEEL infrastructure products can take a prominent role in Britain’s ‘build back better’ programme.

Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance, and John Ferriman, managing director LIBERTY Steel UK, showed Mr Miliband and Mr Healey the site’s electric arc furnace and rolling mill which this week started producing reinforcing bar – branded ‘Grebar’ based on its green credentials – used to support concrete structures in major construction and infrastructure projects across the UK.

Major infrastructure projects such as the HS2 rail project alongside future demand from upgrades and replacement of existing transport networks will provide significant opportunities for LIBERTY’s sustainably-produced Grebar.

LIBERTY Steel’s entry into the reinforcing market – worth £500 million annually – will help reduce the UK’s reliance on imports, which currently meet half of the country’s requirements.
Ed Miliband MP said: “We owe it to people to both save businesses and jobs in this crisis and build back better after it. This must mean putting UK manufacturers and their workers at the heart of the country’s recovery from the pandemic, including with jobs in the green economy.

“Steel can be at the heart of a green future for our county. But to make this happen we need an industrial strategy which helps our manufacturers, including with procurement contracts that take account of environmental standards and support jobs in areas that need them.”

John Healey MP said: “We produce some of the best steel in the world here in South Yorkshire. At Thrybergh, LIBERTY is showing how UK steelmakers can help boost British exports, cut our reliance on imports and lead the way in cutting carbon emissions. This is a win-win-win that Government Ministers must back more strongly.”
Jon Ferriman, managing director LIBERTY Steel UK said: “We are delighted Mr Miliband and Mr Healey were able to see the high-quality steel products their constituents play a crucial part in making.”

“LIBERTY’s new GREENSTEEL Grebar product can be instrumental in infrastructure projects such as HS2 that will enable the UK to ‘build back better’ from the pandemic.”
“To deliver a new generation of green jobs it is critical that the Government commits to a targeted procurement strategy that increases local content and backs British foundation industries such as steel.”

Rebar will add to LIBERTY Steel Group’s range of speciality steel products in South Yorkshire, which are used for demanding applications in the oil & gas, aerospace and power generation sectors.

The group employs 1,800 people in the South Yorkshire area, with sites at Rotherham, Stocksbridge, Thrybergh and Brinsworth.

Further information from:

Andrew Mitchell
Head of Communications – UK, GFG Alliance
+44 7516 029 522
Henry Evans
Media Relations, GFG Alliance
+44 7540 249364

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 from raw and recycled materials through to high value precision engineered steels. With a total rolling capacity of 18 million tonnes, 200+ manufacturing locations globally across 10 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 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).