Siemens Sheffield in mega-merger

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The Sheffield operations of Siemens VAI Metals Technologies are now being co-ordinated from Japan as part a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The metals plant design company, based at Sheffield Business Park on Europa Link, is part of a new organisation called Primetals Technologies with global headquarters in London.

Primetals’ UK managing director Nigel Hayes said: “This is an exciting time for us here in Sheffield. Primetals Technologies will operate with 9,000 employees at more than 40 international locations.

“We are seeing the formation of a global provider of a complete range of plants, products and services for steel and nonferrous industries everywhere and our Sheffield team as the opportunity and capability to be at the heart of it.”

The liquid metal based businesses, including Stockton in the UK, will be co-ordinated from Linz and the solid-phase processing operations, including Sheffield and Christchurch, will be run from Japan.

Mr Hayes said the decison to create the joint venture and establish the global headquarters in London was influenced by the engineering and innovation pedigree of the UK.

He added: “This choice has strengthened the position of Sheffield within the new enterprise, initially by supporting the establishemnt of the new headquarters but ultimately becuase the city is an internationally-leading location for metals manufacturing technology.

“Two global partners are uniting their technical legacies and industrial strenghts. It’s a legacy that was largely discovered and demonstrated in Sheffield. That’s not just a historical fact - it’s also a business proposition for the future.”