Tuesday, April 1, 2008

News: Rotherham's Corus plant in good shape


Good coverage for Corus Engineering Steels in the Yorkshire Post this week with an interview with MD Kees Stolwijk. Over the last few years, the company has switched its focus to the specialist section of the market because it cannot compete with the mass production of steel coming out of lower-cost countries, and rising commodity prices. CES has seen an increased demand for its products but a weak dollar could affect the US export market and high energy prices in the UK is another challenge for this year. The firm supplies steel for the A380 Airbus, the world's largest passenger aircraft, and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. It also produces steel for Formula One cars. The decision to concentrate on the higher end of the market led to CES moving some production from its Stocksbridge plant to Rotherham, 18 months ago and with 1,350 staff, CES remains the largest private employer in Rotherham. For the first time in a decade, the company is taking on more people than it is shedding. It is also employing more apprentices and graduates, reinforcing its commitment to the future of the steel industry in South Yorkshire.
Corus Engineering Steels website
Yorkshire Post article


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