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Tata Steel Celsius 420 Steel Product Reduces Weight, Time and Costs for Construction

Matt Ball on February 5, 2015 - in Construction, Products, Structural components

Tata Steel has launched an innovative and stronger structural steel tube product which can speed up the construction of new buildings and reduce the weight of machinery or large vehicles.

The next-generation steel – called Celsius® 420 – has been developed in conjunction with construction customers primarily for use in demanding building projects.

It offers significant weight savings, enabling construction teams to use smaller foundations and fewer temporary structures, helping to cut construction time and costs on site.

Celsius® 420 also has potential for use in mechanical products sectors, such as industrial machines, agricultural vehicles and vehicle axles.

Henrik Adam, Tata Steel’s Chief Commercial Officer in Europe, said: “Our Celsius® range is already very well established in the structural hollow sections market. But we know our customers are constantly on the look-out for new materials with enhanced properties, which is why we focus so much on innovation to develop next-generation products.

“In Celsius® 420 we’re bringing to market an entirely new range of hot-finished hollow structural sections that we think is in a class of its own.”

The steel used to make Celsius® 420 hollow sections has a high yield strength (420 megapascals), which enables structural engineers to reduce the weight of the structural hollow sections they use by 17% compared with Tata Steel’s successful Celsius® 355 products.

The special chemical properties of Celsius® 420 steel ensure it can be easily welded, despite its additional strength. This property – unique in high-strength tube products – means high-strength structures can be fabricated without changing standard weld procedures. Besides, tight radiuses can be maintained on the corner profiles of square and rectangular sections to ensure a pleasing and consistent aesthetic.

Jonathan Clemens, Head of Marketing, Construction & Infrastructure for Tata Steel’s European operations, said: “Being a hot-finished welded product with added strength, Celsius® 420 offers customers big advantages through lower material costs, good weldability and improved performance because of the high degree of uniformity in wall thickness.

“Customers can reduce the weight of the material they use, which gives additional benefits in terms of reduced building infrastructure requirements. Added to this, the product has excellent sustainability credentials that come from the steel’s endless recyclability, as well as its full traceability as part of the responsible sourcing attributes associated with Tata Steel’s BES 6001 accreditation.”

The Celsius® 420 range of circular, square, rectangular and elliptical hollow sections entered production late last year and is currently undergoing customer trials. The sections are made from strip produced at Tata Steel’s plants in south Wales, which is formed into hot-finished tubes at the company’s Hartlepool and Corby mills in the UK.

About Tata Steel’s European operations

Tata Steel is Europe’s second largest steel producer, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies products and services to the most demanding markets, including construction, automotive, packaging, rail, lifting & excavating, energy & power and aerospace. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the world’s largest steel producers, with a steel capacity of 29 million tonnes and 80,000 employees across four continents.

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