United Kingdom
Yorkshire and the Humber; South Yorkshire; Barnsley
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.32 - Cold rolling of narrow strip

155 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 February 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


South Yorkshire's steel industry suffered blow with the announcement that Corus plans to make more than half the workforce redundant at its Narrow Strip business, based in Brinsworth, near Rotherham. The Anglo-Dutch company plans to cut 155 out of 305 jobs at the site which has struggled to compete with low cost rivals. Corus said it was closing the cold-rolled steel mill on the Brinsworth site because it was expected to remain loss-making. The mill produced narrow strips of steel for the automotive, engineering and building industries. The company said the hot-rolling business on the site – which produces specialist stainless steel – will continue with the number of weekly shifts cut from 10 to five.

Trevor Underwood, of the steel union Community, said: 'We didn't expect to be hearing about job losses on this scale. People are shocked and distressed. We are going to have discussions to see if we can move forward without job losses.'



Eurofound (2006), Corus, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62960, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62960.