The Member of Parliament for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, met with TATA Steel Hub Director, Jon Ferriman, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Port Talbot plant.
During the meeting, Mr Elmore was updated on the company’s operations along with discussions regarding the plans for a sustainable future for the plant and its employees.
Chris Elmore MP said: “TATA Steel provides skilled employment for many of my constituents and it’s vital that the company continues to feel able to have a base in Port Talbot”.
Steel production began in Port Talbot in the 1920s but has faced challenges in recent years with rising competition from international markets.
The Ogmore MP added: “It’s vital that the 4,000 workers at the Port Talbot works have job security moving forwards – I will work to support any efforts which will allow TATA to provide this certainty”.
Earlier this year, the Welsh Government invested £666,000 of Research and Development Grant Funding to help it develop new and innovative and higher strength steel products at the Port Talbot and Llanwern sites.
Alongside this, £8 million of support was announced last year by First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM, to help future-proof the plant. This investment will be spent on reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, with a further £10 million being added by TATA Steel UK.