Coated products demand stagnates
Because of the global economic situation, demand for galvanised and Colorcoat products has stagnated resulting in under-utilised capacity at the works. Despite this, Tata continues to invest in new plant and processes. The No. 5 hot dip galv. line now has equipment for applying strippable film, to service the Russian market, and a chemical coater is being installed, to enable chromated hdg to be removed from the hdg product range by 2012. A second thermal oxidiser is also being installed on the No. 2 Colorcoat Line, to reduce emissions.
Solar cell pilot project ends
The project, to prove the manufacturing process for applying dye solar cells onto coil coated steel strip as a precursor to volume production, is completed by Tata Steel Europe and photovoltaic specialists Dyesol in August. The aim is to produce sheet steel “sprayed” with solar cells for use as energy and carbon saving roofing material for warehouses, offices and other buildings. Tata Steel currently supplies one hundred million square metres of roofing and wall material annually, (Source: Tata Steel Europe Collaboration web site: www.dyesol.com/partners ).