More than 100 jobs face axe at South Yorkshire steel works

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MORE than 110 jobs are set to be axed at steel works in South Yorkshire.

Tata Steel, which has sites in Stocksbridge and Rotherham, has announced plans to restructure its bar business ‘to focus on supplying hi-tech products to advanced manufacturing sectors’.

The firm said: “As a result of this reduced demand, Tata is proposing to reduce its production and shift levels which will lead to the loss of 135 jobs – 110 in Rotherham, 16 in Stocksbridge and nine in Wednesbury, West Midlands.

Tata said a further restructure of its distribution hub will lead to another 41 jobs being axed in Leeds, West Yorkshire, although it will see 11 positions created in Rotherham.

Mark Broxholme, managing director of Tata’s speciality steels and bar business, said: “These proposed changes are a critical part of developing a sustainable and competitive Bar business.

“Tata is showing its commitment to making this strategy work by committing £2.75 million of investment for the Bar business. We are investing in improvements to our steelmaking in Rotherham as well as to the final quality of our products.”

Tata employs 2,200 people at its steels and bar business in the UK, including 1,050 in Rotherham.

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