On the 15th October, BIRFA representatives met Richard Harrington, Minister for Business and Industry, together with Priti Patel, MP for Wickford. The meeting, arranged through the Essex Chambers of Commerce, enabled BIRFA to explain to the Minister, and his officials, the supply chain issues that present a major threat to the security of supply of

BIRFA (the British Independent Reinforcement Fabricators Association) believes that a new micro mill, dedicated to the production of reinforcement bar and coil, could be the solution to a supply gap looming over the UK in the next decade. A recent government report, Future Capacities and Capabilities of the UK Steel Industry, published by the Department

Rebar prices in the United Kingdom will increase further this year under pressure from rising raw materials costs, the chairman of the British Independent Reinforcement Fabricators Association (Birfa) said this week. “Cost pressures on steelmaking raw materials and consumables continue to mount, driven by consumption in other sectors and regions,” Andy Kirkcaldy said on Wednesday

Rebar Prices Soar

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BIRFA, the British Independent Reinforcement Fabricators Association, is expecting prices for reinforcing steel to continue to increase through 2018. Although forecast UK demand for construction products in 2018 is relatively poor compared to recent years, cost pressures on steelmaking raw materials and consumables continue to mount, driven by consumption in other sectors and regions. Since

BIRFA Press Release 15th November 2017 BIRFA has raised concerns over an article released on WalesOnline regarding the use of imported reinforcing bar on a Network Rail project in Cardiff. In the article, the use of imported steel was described by south Wales MPs Stephen Doughty and Stephen Kinnock as “an insult to British steelworkers”

The British Independent Reinforcement Fabricators Association (BIRFA) is a new organisation, set up to represent the views of the reinforcement fabricators within the UK who are not owned by, or tied to, a steel producer.  Its aim is to provide a voice to those companies who supply reinforcing products to the British construction industry, free


Lee Brankley has been appointed CEO of CARES by the Board of CARES. He has been Acting Chief Executive Officer of CARES since January 2015. He takes up the permanent role with immediate effect following the recent resignation of Ben Bowsher due to ill health. “Lee Brankley brings innovative thinking and a wealth of experience


The UK government has endorsed CARES for its conduct in addressing complaints by the UK steel industry about the quality of imports of Chinese reinforcing bars over the last 18 months. In a letter dated 20 April 2015, Dr. Vince Cable, the former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said “It is unfortunate