Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East attended the opening of Tata Steel’s new production line. The company’s new state-of-the-art robotic welding line at its Automotive Service Centre in Wednesfield, is the first of its kind in the UK. One of only a few in the world, the new robotic welding line will treble the site’s capacity to produce tailor-welded blanks, which are special sheets of steel made from different thicknesses. These steel parts – often used for car door panels – enable manufacturers to make lighter vehicles with lower emissions, while boosting miles per gallon.

The new production line is the fastest, biggest and most efficient in the UK. It can weld more than a thousand car parts every hour with the steel being shipped to car makers across the UK, and new orders are now being won in Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Emma said: “I was delighted to attend the opening of this multi-million pound investment by Tata Steel at its Wednesfield Steelpark. It is fantastic news for the city and a real vote of confidence in their 525-strong workforce, many of whom live in my constituency. The technology is state-of-the-art and highly impressive to see in action.

“This £4 million investment is the latest phase of a £20 million investment strategy by Tata in the site and will treble their output and put the company at the forefront of the world’s top suppliers of automotive car parts to some of the world’s biggest car builders, such as JLR, BMW, Nissan and Honda.”


February 2017