Steel under pressure.

Corus to axe 1700 jobs at Redcar

Published:  07 December, 2009

TEESIDE: Corus has mothballed one of Britain's largest plants. The steel maker it to axe 1700 jobs under plans to cut back production at its Redcar plant.

The plant will close next month. Corus said it had been unable to secure the long-term future of the Teesside factory, blaming an international consortium for "walking away" from a 10-year agreement.

The partial closure in January is a huge setback for Teesside as the 150-year-old plant employs around 2300 workers and is one of the North-East's biggest employers.

Around 600 Teesside workers will be spared as the firm, owned by Indian steel giant Tata, will keep some of its operations open in Hartlepool, Skinningrove, the Teesside Beam Mill and Teesside Technology Centre.

Steel processing around the world was under pressure, with an estimated 300 million tonnes of excess capacity, said Corus.

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