Glasto festival kills Port Talbot steel works

Glastonbury Festival supporting British steel with 250,000 reusable stainless steel cups for 2016

Going to be fun drinking coffee out of those, no? But the important bit:

Teaming up with APS Metal Pressing Ltd, the cups are made from recycled steel which is smelted in Sheffield.

Mr Eavis said he wanted to support the UK steel industry.

“Week after week, there’s a story in the national press about jobs in the UK steel industry being put at risk. There’s seemingly no end to the negative slide of this critical industry and with it the jobs, skills and infrastructure are lost and won’t be replaced.”

The bit of the British steel industry falling over being that bit of it that makes virgin steel. Because everyone’s using recycled steel these days.

(HT Robert Harries)

12 thoughts on “Glasto festival kills Port Talbot steel works”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    They should promise to sleep in steel tents and wear steel wellies.

    The latter would be useful if they chose to go swimming later.

  2. Who is going to pay the compensation bill for the first person (of many no doubt) who gets brained on the back of the head by one thrown full of beer (or more likely piss) in the crowd? FFS they take full plastic bottles off you at entry to events these days in case they get chucked and hurt someone. Steel cups? You’ve got to be kidding. When his insurers get the first few bills for claims for head injuries you’ll see the steel cups disappear faster than Tata executives out of Port Talbot.

  3. Yes, much better these days although still not perfect (copper is usually the real bugger to control).

  4. This is wonderfully silly, for the reasons that Tim explains (both about the source of the steel and its usefulness) and as per Jim. Makes a statement though.

    Dirty heavy polluting energy-hogging climate-changing industry is now chic and fashionable among right-on urban liberally-greeny escapists…that’s one for the books.

  5. Jim,

    “Who is going to pay the compensation bill for the first person (of many no doubt) who gets brained on the back of the head by one thrown full of beer (or more likely piss) in the crowd?”

    I think it’s unlikely at Glastonbury. You’re more likely to get glassed at a Buckingham Palace garden party.

  6. We’ve recently had massive problems at work with copper inclusions in steel plate which I suspect is related to badly controlled scrap content.

    It seems to linger in localised lumps of affected metal which means the material cert that comes with the plate is about as useful as one of the governments little leaflets telling us how to vote.

    The problem is that a tiny (.5mm cube was more than enough when we experimented) copper inclusion in a plate that is being hot forged (which is what we do) leads to huge gaping cracks in the end result – which is highly unamusing as you have to scrap a component that’s usually already owing you over £1500…

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