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19th January 2024

Chamber responds to Tata Steel announcement

Paul Butterworth, CEO at Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid, said:

“Today’s announcement by Tata Steel of the closure of two blast furnaces and significant job losses is a bitter blow to the Port Talbot workforce, as well as the wider supply chain.

“As we strive to achieve net zero and more sustainable practices, the aims of transitioning to a greener way of producing steel are understandable. However, it is now imperative that the company commits to the installation of the new electric arc furnace in Port Talbot; their long-term ambition needs to keep steel in Wales where it rightly belongs.

“Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid is committed to working with the UK and Welsh governments, as well as academic institutions and Regional Skills Partnerships, to use this as an opportunity to reskill and retrain workers affected by today’s news. Projects like the new Celtic Freeport covering Neath Port Talbot and Milford Haven, along with the Celtic Sea floating offshore wind farm project, offer opportunities for workers to apply their skills, expertise and experience in new roles and contribute to the transition to an innovative green economy in Wales.”

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