Sale of Tata Steel long products welcomed by constructional steelwork sector

The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) welcomes the announcement of the sale of Tata Steel’s Long Products Europe business to Greybull Capital.

While BCSA had been assuring the construction sector that issues around UK steel making would not affect the structural steelwork sector’s delivery of current and future projects, the Association says that a UK supply of high quality steel creates a competitive and efficient market, and supports the UK economy.

BCSA and its members have supported UK Steel’s calls for a level playing field for UK steel making, and the government’s new steel procurement requirements.

Director General, Sarah McCann-Bartlett says that procuring constructional steelwork from a UK or Irish steelwork contractor is the best way to support UK steelmaking.

  • UK and Irish steelwork contractors understand the government’s new procurement requirements for steel, and provide the clearest route for compliance
  • Using a UK or Irish steelwork contractor adds additional value to the economy through the whole supply chain including the fabrication of the steelwork, and the supply of other products and services such as secondary steelwork, metal decking, protective coatings and cladding
  • Overseas steelwork contractors are very unlikely to procure UK made steel because of the additional time and cost

The UK and Ireland have an efficient steel distribution sector that services the structural steelwork sector well with a balance of UK and high quality imported steels. UK and Irish steel distributors hold high levels of stock and a wide range of products for all construction and infrastructure end-uses.

UK and Irish steelwork contractors are the most efficient in the world in terms of design capability and productivity.

The delivery of steel framed buildings and steel structures in the UK is almost wholly done by UK and Irish based steelwork contractors. This delivers a range of advantages to clients including shorter lead times, contractual security, exceptional quality of design work, better logistics on site and an excellent health & safety record.