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 per cent, while 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," Rodgers said.