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Steelmaking's demise at place of birth signals wider crisis

Tata Steel shuts Redcar plant, northern England's last blast furnace; company to shed another 1,200 jobs

Workers leave after finishing their shifts at the Tata Steel plant in Motherwell, Scotland. While the slump has put the focus on Britain, the pain will likely spread.


A FLURRY of plant closures and insolvencies show it's making less economic sense to produce steel in Britain, but it's a crisis that's hurting the whole of Europe and not just the country where the industry was born.

Once the hub of the steelmaking world, northern England