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Corus boss urges government to start spending to save British jobs

Steel producer Corus’ new chief executive Kirby Adams has urged government to ramp up investment in infrastructure to protect British industry jobs.

Speaking at the Structural Steel Design Awards on Thursday, he told the audience of designers, contractors and steel fabricators to use their influence to lobby on behalf of the construction industry.

“It is now time for the government of the UK to sit up, stop talking and start taking action to reverse this declining economy,” said Adams.

“I challenge you all to use your voices to send this message to government,” he added. “We need investment in infrastructure to be increased and brought forward to this year not next year.”

Adams message came as Corus last week announced a further round of redundancies, this week from its Scunthorpe works. Some 366 job losses were announced as a direct result of the continuing downturn in demand for the palnts structural steel and rail products

The latest job cuts come on top of some 2,000 redundancies at Corus facilities across the UK in June which also included 500 white collar losses at Scunthorpe. Continuing deterioration in the demand for steel across Europe and the US was blamed for the decision to scale back operations.

Corus has invested heavily in its Scunthorpe works which now has a state of the art rolling mill capable of producing both structural steel sections and rails. However the plant, which is capable of producing 4M tonnes of steel a year is currently operating at less than half capacity.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Obviously Mr Kirkby Adams makes some valid points but he refrains to comment on the real issue for Corus and all UK manufacturing industries. Corus does not make what people want to buy. We make girders, we make reinforcing rods, we make rails. Yes but what are needed are towers for wind turbines. What are needed are nuclear reacter containment vessels. Can you produce 600 tonne high grade steel ingots and forge them into what are needed across the world? No. Your comments put the blame for Corus's problems on the construction industry. You should look closer to home. British workers deserve better management. Make what people want.

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