Tata plant closure hits steel output

Britain's like-for-like steel production shot up by almost a quarter last year, but still remains significantly below pre-recession levels after the closure of Tata Steel's Teesside Cast Products (TCP) plant.

Britain produced 9.4 million tons of steel in 2010, compared with 7.5 million tons in 2009, as steel-makers responded to global economic recovery-boosted demand, according to the latest figures published today by UK Steel, a division of the EEF manufacturers' organisation.

But the buoyant like-for-like statistics are adjusted to discount the closure of the TCP plant last February. If the factory is included in the comparative numbers, the 2010 production comes in a shattering 36 per cent lower than the previous year.