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Job losses as hot strip mill closes

Monday December 5th 2011

Tata Steel has announced the closure of its hot strip mill in Llanwern, Newport.

The closure means the loss of jobs for 115 agency staff, contractors and fixed-term contract workers.

Tata Steel said it was regretful that the mill had to close but said that poor demand for steel meant it had little other option.

Praising the mill's workers, Tata's Jon Ferriman said there was a chance it could be brought back into use whenever the economy and demand for steel pick up.

He said the decision was made "with great regret", acknowledging this was a difficult time for those involved and paying tribute to them, saying they helped make the flexible working model a success at Llanwern.

"The Llanwern Hot Rolling Mill is an important operation for us, and our intention is to bring it back into operation as soon as market conditions permit."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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