United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Darlaston, Hartlepool, Wrexham, Tredegar
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.1 - Manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys

43 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 October 2015
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Steel company Caparo has announced that it is to cut 452 jobs across various sites in the UK.  The move comes after a series of bad news stories for the UK steel industry with the sector being hit hard by competition from cheaper overseas produced products.  The company had entered administration earlier in October and therefore the announcement that job losses would follow was not unexpected. Of the job losses it is understood that 300 are to go from various sites across the West Midlands, with over 100 jobs being lost in Darlaston alone. Other losses will come from sites in Hartlepool, Wrexham and Tredegar.  Some of the sites are being reported to have closed with immediate effect and the remaining closures are timetabled for the following weeks. Unions have argued that keeping the sites operational is a realistic prospect, but no rescue packages have been forthcoming.

Update 28/11/2015:It has been announced that job losses at Caparo have been averted as the company has managed to find a buyer for various parts of the business, reducing the total job loss to just 43. Caparo Testing technologies has been sold, which secures the future of 76 jobs. A larger number of jobs has been saved by the sale of Caparo Tublar Solutions.  The sale of this business to the Liberty House metals group has resulted in the prevention of 333 job losses. 


  • 30 October 2015: BBC Website
  • 28 November 2015: BBC Website


Eurofound (2015), Caparo, Merger/Acquisition in United Kingdom, factsheet number 85433, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/85433.