British Steel has launched weathering steel structural sections for the construction industry, which will be made at its Scunthorpe plant.
The company noted in a statement on Thursday that the product will be transferred from Scunthorpe to be rolled into sections at its Teesside Beam Mill. This is the second product after the 460M high-strength structural steel grade introduced for the construction industry seven months ago.
British Steel indicated that weathering steel is self-protecting, durable, and attractive which makes it ideal for outdoor structures in exposed locations. The steel has the potential to achieve a lifespan of about 120 years due to its low corrosion rate. The product does not require painting and is cost-effective as well, the steelmaker said.
British Steel is a subsidiary of China’s Jingye Group that specializes in steel bars, plates, and coils. Jingye has 18 blast furnaces that can produce 15mn mt of steel per year.
The UK steelmaker specializes in construction steel, rails, special profiles, rods, and semi-finished products and can convert 300mt of liquid iron and scrap into steel in 25 minutes at its Scunthorpe location.