OH! Films, Cambridge film and video production company has had an honour to work with His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, where we were commissioned to capture a short film which marks a major milestone in the revival of Britain’s steel industry as he formally reignited the iconic N-Furnace at Liberty Speciality Steels in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
The restart of the electric arc furnace, which was mothballed by previous owners during the steel crisis two and a half years ago, is part of a multi-million-pound investment by the Liberty House Group – a member of the GFG Alliance – that is creating 300 new jobs at Rotherham and its sister plant in Stocksbridge, as well as many hundreds more across the country.
The 800,000-tonne-a-year furnace, which turns scrap metal into specialised steels for uses such as vehicle gearboxes or aircraft landing gear, will now play a pivotal role in Liberty’s overall GREENSTEEL strategy, designed to usher in a cleaner and more competitive era for the industry in the UK.
During a visit to the 2,000-worker business, Prince Charles was briefed by GFG executive chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, on progress towards the Alliance’s vision for an industrial revival based on renewable energy, metal recycling and integration of the supply chain.
Sanjeev Gupta, founder and executive chairman of Liberty House Group said: “Switching this furnace back on today, after it had lain idle for more than two years, is a pivotal moment in the revival of UK steelmaking and we are very pleased His Royal Highness is able to share this hugely symbolic milestone with us. The occasion makes a very powerful statement that steel does have a future in Britain and that is very good news for the whole of our manufacturing and engineering sector.”
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