May 16, 2020

Steelworks future to be decided within days

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Steelworks' future to be decided within days
A recent Sky News article states that Tata Steel will meet on the 29 March to decide the future of the Port Talbot steel mill.

In January, Tata announc...

A recent Sky News article states that Tata Steel will meet on the 29 March to decide the future of the Port Talbot steel mill.

In January, Tata announced the loss of 750 jobs at its site in Port Talbot which it later reduced to 726. In October 2015 it cut 1,200 jobs at its sites in Lanarkshire and Scunthorpe.

Sky sources suggest that initially it was understood that the Indian board would be presented with a rescue plan aimed at turning the plant around so that in two years it was making £100m a year profit rather than a £200m loss.

This would have been coupled with a £100m investment from the Indian board.

However, Sky News understands that sources on the site have raised concerns that instead the board will be presented with an unachievable plan which would mean the plant would have to turn itself around in one year.

They fear this will be rejected and the hoped-for investment will be withdrawn.

It is believed that over the next week efforts will continue in earnest to persuade the board to consider the original two-year rescue plan.


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Jun 3, 2021

uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched

Dominic Ellis
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Round up of this week's launches covers uPVC piping, safety glasses and new Spetz app

This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.

Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.

Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.

Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.

Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility. 

"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”

Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.


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