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British Steel announces strong profit and investment

August 7, 2018 by NSC in Weekly News
Steelmaker British Steel has reported a first quarter profit for the current financial year (2018/19) of £21M, and has stated that its turnaround remains firmly on track.

In its second annual trading update since its change of ownership, the previously loss making company has seen full year profits rise to £68M for 2018, up from £47M in its first year.

British Steel Executive Chairman Roland Junck said: “Our transformation continues apace with unprecedented levels of investment going into the business.

“Increased raw material costs and fluctuating steel prices continue to be a challenge. It’s important safeguarding action is taken to prevent the dumping of cheap steel into Europe following the imposition of steel tariffs by the US. However, we remain in positive talks with the Government, and our other stakeholders, and are confident about our future.

“Our order book is strong and we’ve the capacity and capability to play a significant role in major infrastructure projects such as HS2 and the Heathrow expansion. We continue to invest in our people and products, remain focused on reducing the cost of liquid steel and are growing into new markets across the globe.”

The company has also announced a £50M wire rod investment that will see a new modern wire rod line open at the company’s current Scunthorpe Rod Mill.

Work is scheduled to start this summer and the new operation is set to be commissioned in autumn 2019.

Paul Martin, British Steel Deputy CEO, said: “This is a major investment in the future of our business, underpinning our commitment to providing customers with higher technical specifications of steel and a diverse, premium product range.

“Not only will this increase our ability to serve the domestic wire rod market, it will allow us to become a more competitive exporter and accelerate the growth of British Steel in line with our company strategy.

“By continuing to make investments like this our aim is to become the steel supplier of choice for more businesses across the world.”

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