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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 June 2017

Henry Bessemer's Early Life

Bessemer

Sir Henry Bessemer is the iconic inventor renowned for revolutionising the steelmaking industry by introducing the Bessemer Process, which gave steelmakers the ability to produce large, workable, slag-free ingots of steel by blowing oxygen through molten pig iron. However, Henry Bessemer was not a one-trick pony, and since we at Pulman Steel feel that we owe a debt of gratitude to this great steel pioneer, we would like to explore the lesser-known aspects of Sir Henry’s life.

The son of accomplished inventor and engineer, Anthony Bessemer, Sir Henry Bessemer was born on 19th January 1813 in Herefordshire, England. It is said that Henry showed great promise of inventive skills from a very young age as he assisted his father in his type foundry.

It wasn’t long before Bessemer began inventing useful objects including the first movable stamp, which was primarily used to stamp the date onto documents. He also was responsible for making improvements to the typesetting device commonly used at the time, and also creating a machine that produced graphite to be utilised in pencils.

Using the knowledge gained from his father’s type foundry, Bessemer was able to make an early name for himself by using perforated dyes to stamp dates on deeds – thus solving the growing problem of fraud the government was facing at the time.

Henry Bessemer’s first invention that propelled him into fame and fortune was a steam-powered machine that could produce bronze powder for use in gold paint at a cost far below the competition. This invention proved to be very profitable for Bessemer, allowing him to fund his passion for invention.

His next venture was into the sugar refining industry, as he obtained a number of patents for machinery to crush the raw sugar cane in a more efficient manner. Seeing little profits from these inventions, Bessemer’s attention was diverted by the Crimean War into artillery projectiles.

The artillery being used by the British army in the Crimean War were far from perfect, and so Henry Bessemer came up with a design for an improved artillery shell with an elongated, grooved profile. His designs, however, proved to be flawed due to the inherent weakness of the current guns, which were unable to withstand the force created by these projectiles.

This was to be the spark that drove Sir Henry Bessemer to revolutionise the steelmaking industry as he strove to find a stronger material to allow for his artillery shells. His solution was, of course, the Bessemer Process, which will be forever known as his greatest invention, and one that transformed the world as we know it.

14th June 2017

The Amazing Recyclability of Steel

Recycling

One of the greatest things about steel is its recyclability. Steel is currently one of the most recyclable materials in the world, and with somewhere around 1.6 billion tonnes of steel being produced each year, the recyclability of this magnificent metal goes a long way to reducing our impact on the planet.

It is estimated that 600 million tonnes of steel is recycled every year, which not only cuts down drastically on the cost of producing steel, but it also reduces the amount of raw materials that are being harvested, refined and burned. Then there would be the issue of waste. Could you imagine if those 600 million tonnes of recyclable steel were to be simply piled into landfills each year?

Steel is 100% recyclable, so it can be recycled an infinite number of times. Currently, most steel products contain around 20% recycled material, so one fifth of the metal in your car or washing machine could have once belonged to something like an ocean liner or even parts from a space shuttle!

So next time you receive a shipment of steel from Pulmans, take a moment to think about how amazing it is that one fifth of your order had a former use – even if it was just an old paint tin, it’s still pretty impressive!