Steel output in Britain remained at a virtual standstill last year, according to figures published by the steel industry’s trade association, UK Steel.
The association, which is part of the manufacturers’ organisation, the EEF, says average production was around 184,264 tonnes a week in 2012 compared to 182, 269 tonnes a week in 2011.
UK steel says the level of production reflects reduced automotive production in Europe, low levels of construction activity in the UK and economic stagnation.
EEF regional director Andy Tüscher said: “Government needs to act more urgently in stimulating shovel-ready investment in the UK’s infrastructure and other construction activities.
“The data also underlines the need for an industrial strategy, with the whole of government pulling together to frame policies that encourage industrial growth and support UK manufacturing competitiveness.”