Tata source for steel
Making its Intermat debut, Scotland-based Tata Steel last year invested €9.56million (£8million) in its specialist steels Clydebridge plant in Glasgow. The move increased the plant’s capacity for producing premium quality high-strength steel plate, essential for lifting and excavating industries, by up to 50%.
Tata Steel is more than the just a steel producer according to Carlo Di Terlizzi, brand and marcoms manager for lifting and excavating.
He said: “We are both a steel producer and a steel processor. This means we can take complexity out of the supply chain for our key OEM and subcontractor customers, which allows them to focus on their core business of building construction equipment.”
Tata Steel’s continuous investment in advanced downstream processing facilities at its service sites is said by Di Terlizzi to allow them to supply steel cut and finished to exact size, shape and specification. This capability reduces the time it takes to get material into customers’ production cycles and cuts operating expenses and material waste.
He added: “We help our customers build better vehicles through providing engineering, design support and advice on the best use of steel in their equipment, something we call Early Vendor Involvement. This means that the vehicle can be optimised in terms of design, manufacturing and materials. It’s a holistic approach to our customers which offers greater efficiency: fewer parts, less steel, welding and cutting – which in turn can be more cost effective for the client.”