December 15, 2023

Industry News

NZ Steel Teams With Scrap Metal Supplier Global Metal Solutions

New Zealand Steel has signed a supply arrangement with Global Metal Solutions (GMS) which will see thousands of tonnes of scrap steel recycled in a new electric arc furnace at Glenbrook from 2026. New Zealand Steel’s Chief Executive Officer, Robin Davies, says the project ticks many economic and environmental boxes, while fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility to provide long-term business and employment opportunities for future generations.

“One of the key benefits of the NZ Steel electric arc furnace is the ability for it to recycle significant tonnes of domestic scrap steel rather than that scrap being exported offshore (to be recycled by overseas mills). The supply agreement announced today is the first step in realising this benefit,” said Mr Davies. “The electric arc furnace is an important step in our site transformation to a future hub of sustainable and complementary economic, environmental, and social enterprises built on local and international partnerships,” he added.

Global Metal Solutions was set up 12 years ago by Craig Tuhoro. “One of the main driving factors for me at that time was to create opportunities for employment for members of my family who had been made redundant. I wanted to ensure my family and wider whānau would have opportunities for employment in the industry for generations to come,” he says. “We were always looking for more work so we could employ more of our people. This arrangement with NZ Steel paves the way for this to continue and provides certainty and stability for our business into the future.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Craig and his team at GMS into the expanding partnership responsible for delivering one of the country’s largest carbon-emissions reduction projects,” said Mr Davies. GMS also has branches in Hamilton and New Plymouth, and employs 67 people nationwide. The management of Global Metal Solutions has multi-generational combined experience working in the metal recycling industry.

For further information, visit the NZ Steel website: www.nzsteel.co.nz