British Steel has won a contract to send 20kt of rail sleepers to Guinea, in a ‘major boost’ to the company following threats of mass job cuts last month.
According to a report by UK newspaper The Mirror, the Scunthorpe, UK-based manufacturer will export 244,000 steel sleepers to the West African nation.
''This is fantastic news for our business, particularly given the high level of competition we faced to secure this contract.''Jérôme Bonef, export sales manager for rail, British Steel
British Steel’s export sales manager for rail, Jérôme Bonef, said: “This is fantastic news for our business, particularly given the high level of competition we faced to secure this contract.
“Our steel sleepers provide the perfect technical solution to the challenges facing rail operators in t this region and we’re proud to have been chosen to support such a major project.”
The sleepers, which are 100% recyclable, will be used to upgrade the freight railway line at a bauxite mine in mineral-rich Guinea.
The firm last month announced plans to axe 260 jobs and close its coking ovens at its plant at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, in a move to cut costs following huge energy price hikes, and cheap imports.
Source: The Mirror