Corby's new sized Tata steel tubes being shipped out across Europe

Steel workers at Tata have put their pedal to the metal

Corby's Tata steel plant in Weldon Road
Corby's Tata steel plant in Weldon Road

Newly-sized steel tubes made at Corby's Tata plant in Weldon Road have been snapped-up by customers across the world.

While tubes created in Corby are already used around the globe, some customers were looking elsewhere for particular sizes and specifications.

Now the dedicated 500-strong workforce, which recently hit the headlines by rolling the steel for emergency beds for Nightingale Hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak, are using their skills to corner new customers and markets.

More than 1,000 tonnes of the new-sized steel tubes have been rolled and shipped to customers in Ireland, Norway, Finland and Sweden.

Corby Site Manager Gary Blackman said: “We had planned to launch the new sizes later in the year, but the pull from our customers meant we had to get all the technical and engineering aspects in place by the end of June.

"The team have worked extremely hard to make this happen, so hearing the positive customer feedback and that new orders are already coming in is a fitting reward for everyone’s efforts.“

The site has had an up and down few years and after being hit hard by the economic downturn. It produces 250,000 tonnes of welded steel every year.