Commitment through Investment

Commitment through Investment

Caparo Merchant Bar has an impressive programme of investment which has resulted in modern and flexible manufacturing facilities:

  • In 1985 when the company was formed, Caparo Merchant Bar invested £10 million in rebuilding a redundant Rod Mill, transforming it into one of the most efficient merchant bar mills in Europe.The investment was only the first step of a process of continuous renewal and improvement which Caparo Merchant Bar follows also at present to ensure our facilities retain their leading position.
  • In 1988 the business redesigned its warehouse and installed new radio controlled cranes which improved throughput and efficiency.
  • In 1990 the installation of an in-line measuring gauge for greater dimensional control took place. The installation was a first in merchant bar production.
  • In 1992 the opening of a £5m scheme to process and bundle sections in line took place which, together with billet/run out optimisation schemes, improved yields, outputs and customer service. This coincided with the Queen's Award Ceremony.
  • In 1995 the opening of a new light section mill which increased capacity by 100,000 tonnes. This widened the range offered by Caparo Merchant Bar adding over 50 new sizes to our product offering.
  • 2007 saw the completion of the rolling mill upgrade programme in the Bar Mill. The Danieli mill train was replaced with Siemens equipment, including a pair of universal stands which allowed us to offer IPE’s (steel beams) for the first time.

Total investment in the Scunthorpe site now stands close to £50m.