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Increased demand boosts steel production

Steel production in the UK bounced back in January from the previous month as UK manufacturing continued to respond to increased demand, according to research.

Production was more than a third higher in January than December at over 200,000T, said UK Steel, a division of the Engineering Employers Federation.

Production in the Yorkshire and Humber area increased by 50%, whilst Wales saw an increase of around a fifth.

“The uplift in January output was heartening and is a reflection of the continuing improvement in UK manufacturing output generally,” said UK Steel director Ian Rodgers

“Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go to achieve pre-recession levels of steel output, with demand from the construction sector in particular remaining very weak.”

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