LIBERTY Steel UK, part of sustainable industry leader GFG Alliance, is set to ship its first orders of sustainably-produced steel reinforcing bar (rebar) after securing full Cares and sustainability approval this week.
Orders of nearly 10,000 tonnes will be delivered before the end of the year, building on LIBERTY’s strategy to supply GREENSTEEL components to UK construction and infrastructure projects and reduce the UK’s reliance on imported steel.
Following successful summer trials at LIBERTY Steel’s Rotherham rolling mill, LIBERTY started production of its ‘GreBar’ – reflecting its sustainable production from scrap metal melted in an electric arc furnace – in October, ahead of a visit by shadow cabinet ministers Ed Miliband MP and John Healey MP.
Rebar is used as a tension device for reinforced concrete structures in major road, rail and construction projects. LIBERTY’s mill has the capability to produce rebar in sizes 25, 32, 40 and 50mm in Grade B500C, with plans to add 20mm to its offering.
LIBERTY Steel is aiming to challenge the UK’s current reliance on imported rebar and target future infrastructure projects. Half of the 1.2 million tonnes of rebar used annually in the UK is sourced from abroad while the HS2 rail project will require nearly one million tonnes of rebar. Upgrades and replacement of existing residential and transport infrastructure will also fuel future demand.
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