Tata Steel in talks over sale of UK asset to Liberty House
INDIA’S Tata Steel has agreed to start exclusive talks for the sale of its speciality steel assets to metal processing firm Liberty House.
The unit, which has activities mostly in Britain but also in China, employs 1700 people and produces specialised steel for the aerospace and automotive industries, as well as the oil and gas sector.
However, Tata Steel gave no update on the future of the rest of its UK assets – including Britain’s biggest steel plant at Port Talbot.
Earlier this year, Tata Steel decided to offload its loss-making British assets, blaming the move on a global oversupply of steel, cheap imports into Europe from countries including China, high costs and currency volatility.
“Tata Steel UK announced the signing of a letter of intent with Liberty House Group to enter into exclusive negotiations for the potential sale of its speciality steels business for an enterprise value of £100 million (US$125 million),” it said in a statement.
The activities comprise several assets in northern England, including an electric arc steelworks in Rotherham, a steel purifying facility in Stocksbridge and a mill in Brinsworth.
The business also includes service centres in Bolton, in Britain’s north west, and Wednesbury in central England, as well as two facilities in the Chinese cities of Suzhou and Xi’an.
Tata Steel in May sold its loss-making European long products division to investment firm Greybull Capital, who renamed it British Steel. –