Multi-million-pound investment for Oldbury at former school site

hot-rolledThe former Albright High School in Popes Lane, Oldbury is set to be become a new 300,000 square feet manufacturing facility for Steel & Alloy Processing Ltd. The proposed development of the 11.6 acre site will significantly expand the existing production capacity of Steel & Alloy Processing, whose head office is currently situated less than a mile away in West Bromwich.

Steel & Alloy Processing is the largest independent automotive flat carbon steel processor in the UK. On-going capital investment has ensured that it has an impressive array of processing equipment enabling it to provide a flexible service to the UK automotive supply chain from the heart of the West Midlands.

Steel & Alloy Processing is the approved processor for ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel Europe and Salzgitter AG within the UK. It currently supplies all major UK motor manufacturers either directly or indirectly through a network of first and second tier component manufacturers. It has five sites in the UK – West Bromwich, Smethwick, Cannock, and Darlaston in the West Midlands, the centre of the UK automotive manufacturing industry, and Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, which supports motor manufacturers based in the North East.

The former school land for the new site was acquired from Sandwell Council last year by Trebor Developments and already has outline planning permission for B1 and B2 development. Subject to approval of reserved matters by Sandwell Council work on the site could begin next spring and the facility could be operational by 2018, providing many new jobs for the area.

The new facility will enable Steel & Alloy Processing to invest in new technologies, keeping them at the forefront of the rapidly changing steel processing industry and supporting the growing UK automotive sector.

Such major investment in Oldbury is good news for Sandwell’s economy and the scheme demonstrates confidence in the region’s steel processing industry despite the collapse of the engineering group, Caparo Industries, last year.


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