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Redcar's SSI Steel plant hits two million tonnes mark

Steel slab
Image caption The plant can produce up to 400 slabs of steel a day

Bosses at a Teesside steel plant, which reopened 10 months ago, have announced production has reached the two million tonnes mark.

Thai-based SSI bought the former Corus site in Redcar a year after it was mothballed with the loss of 1,600 jobs in 2010.

The first steel slab came off the production line in April last year.

The company described hitting the latest target as a "magnificent achievement" for the workforce.

Much of the steel produced is shipped to Thailand, via Teesport, and is used mainly in the automotive sector, with some turned into white goods.

Phil Dryden, chief executive of SSI UK said: "This is another important milestone for the plant which continues to operate reliably and is a credit to all of our employees.

"We are looking forward to a further significant ramping up of our production rate during the course of 2013.

"It is really important that we now demonstrate the potential of this business to our parent company and all of the stakeholders who have supported us during the past year"

Many of the 1,600 workforce who lost their jobs at the time were re-employed by SSI.

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