Producing reels of steel

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Trials are due to begin on new equipment at Tata Steel’s Stocksbridge steelworks following a £6.5m investment programme to increase production of aerospace steels.

Tata Steel has invested in two vacuum arc re-melting furnaces and specialist testing equipment to allow the company to produce more steel for the aerospace industry. Engineers are currently carrying out the final installation work on the new equipment to enable trials to begin by the end of 2011. Both furnaces are expected to be in full production in early 2012. Last week, Tata Steel announced a further £4.5m investment to improve its operations in Rotherham and Stocksbridge.