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Steel production boosted by demand

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 200,000 tonnes, 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.

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

“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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