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Using the latest computer controlled saws, all of our steel stock can be cut to length whether batch quantities are required or just one off's.

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Comprehensive Stock Range

Comprehensive Stock Range

Our steel stockholding is comprehensive to enable fast turnaround on deliveries when required.

Profiling

Profiling

High quality steel blanks, rings and almost any steel shapes can be plasma cut up to 40mm thick and oxy-propane cut up to 180mm thick.

Sawing

Sawing

Using the latest computer controlled saws, all of our steel stock can be cut to length whether batch quantities are required or just one off's.

Machining

Machining

Using a vertical machining centre, we have the capability to offer a range of expert machining services including drilling, notching, tapping, counter sinking and more.

Delivery

Delivery

Our dedicated transport fleet ensures flexibility to deliver general steels, engineering steels, bright steels, plate, sheet, sectional steel, RHS, CHS and ERW tube when you need it.

latest news from pulmans

1st May 2017

Origins of the steelpan

Steelpan

As steel charged into the 20th century with a flood of new uses due to more efficient production methods, a rather unexpected invention emerged as a result – the steelpan.

The steelpan is the correct term for what is often called the steel drum, a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. The sound the steelpan produces is so iconic that it is rare to find someone who can’t identify the percussive melodies whenever they ring out. Despite this, how many people actually know the origins of the steelpan?

Believed to originate in the poor suburbs surrounding the Port of Spain in Trinidad, the steelpan was an instrument born of a people’s need for music.

Slaves that had been brought to Trinidad by the French in the late 1700s adapted the French carnivals into their own festivals, fuelled heavily by drums. Following the emancipation of slavery in 1834, these festivals grew into much louder and more colourful affairs, but following some disturbances, the British government in Trinidad decided to outlaw drums in an effort to control the celebrations.

However, the spirit of the music was not broken, and the residents began using simple bamboo sticks to make their music and form what is now known as tamboo bamboo.

When tamboo bamboo was also banned in 1937, the Trinidadians then set their musical sights on scrap metal, and thus the steelpan began to thrive, beginning its journey to becoming the instrument we know today.

The steelpan’s uniqueness is perhaps born from the fact that it is an instrument developed not only from defiance and love for music, but also from what was essentially industrial waste. Much removed from the purpose-built shiny creations you might find today, the original steelpans were made out of things like oil drums, dustbins, coffee tins, car parts and (funnily enough) steel pans! There was no order to the steelpan, and only one rule – if it sounds good, play it!

It’s hard to imagine an instrument with a more organic development than with the steelpan. As the popularity of the sound grew (especially with the help of the US Navy during World War II), people began to experiment with hammering and shaping their scrap-made instruments, forming a range of surface sections to produce different notes – honing and refining the sound produced.

Despite the advancements in design and sound over recent years, the steelpan still remains to be a very simple instrument. Simple in design as it may be, there can be no doubt that hearing the intoxicating beat of a steel band can make even the shyest among us want to hit the dance floor.

So next time you hear the festive, tropical sounds of the steel drum, take a moment to appreciate the unwavering devotion music of the men and women that birthed the sound of the steelpan.

15th May 2017

Some of the tallest, weirdest and most beautiful skyscrapers in the world

Skyscrapers

Steel has allowed mankind to reach the skies like never before, and since the first metal-framed tall building in the late 19th century, skyscrapers have grown to become more than just functional and efficient uses of land, but statements of prosperity, ingenuity and artistic expression.

As true fans of all things steel, we have compiled a short list of a few of the tallest, weirdest and more beautiful skyscrapers in the world today. This is by no means a complete list (as that would be a very long list!), but we feel that these buildings certainly deserve some recognition.

Evolution Tower – Russia
This 55 story spiralling monument towers a whopping 256 metres from the ground whilst rotating more than 150 degrees to give it a surreal, twisted appearance.

Burj Khalifa – UAE
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world today. Reaching 828m into the skies above Dubai, this building looks like something out of a science-fiction film. Its multiple towers make the Burj Khalifa look more like a stack of smaller skyscapers than one big one, which makes the building even more impressive against the stark desert backdrop.

Shanghai Tower – China
As the second tallest skyscraper in the world, the 632m tall Shangai Tower holds three Guinness World Records; one for the fastest lift which travels an insane 20.5 metres per second, another for the tallest elevator and another for the fastest double-deck elevator. The Shanghai Tower boasts more than just a fancy elevator, its 128 stories accommodates around 16,000 people each day and offers more than 4 million square feet of floor space.

Umeda Sky Building – Japan
The Umeda Sky Building is a building that looks more like shiny Lego than real life. Its twin towers, each reaching 40 storeys high, are connected at the top with what they call a “floating garden”. The shiny glass exterior makes it look strikingly different depending on the weather and the time of day, giving variety to the Osaka skyline.

Aqua – USA
The Aqua building in Chicago is a true work of art due to its balconies that jut out from the face of the building. Depending on how you interpret the curves of the Aqua, it may look like waves on the ocean, a landscape scattered with lakes, a sandy beach or something else entirely! Not matter how you interpret this beautiful building; it certainly looks more organic than your average skyscraper.

The Shard - UK
As the tallest building in the UK, The Shard stands 310m high in the heart of London, and due to it’s sharp, elegant design, The Shard resembles something like ice or crystal emerging from the River Thames. The Shard boasts impressive energy-efficiency, using natural gas to generate both heat and power, which makes it as clean running as it is clean looking.