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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

5th December 2017

Pulmans Christmas List

Logbooks

Well, like it or not, Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s time to get the decorations up again! Whether they’re up in the attic, down in the cellar, under the stairs or out in the shed, digging out your Christmas decorations always proves to be a memorable part of the holiday season, and for us, this year has been especially memorable!

We were rummaging around in the attic last week, dragging our trees, tinsel and mistletoe out of hibernation when we came across something very interesting! In a forgotten corner, buried under a pile of Christmas delights, we found some old Pulmans logbooks dating back over 100 years!

Flipping through the pages of these logbooks, we found a number of lists for Christmas gifts from Pulmans dating back to around the year 1900!

We have scanned a few of these pages in order for you to see the handwritten lists of our customers and the gifts they were to set receive for Christmas over a hundred years ago. It’s a nice little glimpse into life more than a century ago, and if you’re familiar with the Halifax area, you might even recognise some names of our customers!

14th December 2017

Forging steel – no longer a laborious job

steel mill

At the end of the 19th century, steel started growing at a rapid pace, and so did employment in steel production. Following the introduction of the Bessemer Process, which was the first economical method of producing steel, the industry took flight. This trend continued all the way up to the 1960s, making steel into one of the biggest employment sectors in steel producing countries throughout the world. Steel plants required such a labour force that workers would often live in purpose-built towns next to steel plants.

Some time in the 1970s, these numbers fell dramatically, resulting in a panic throughout the steel world. Between the years of 1974 and 1999, employment dropped from 521,000 to 153,000 in the US, 197,000 to 31,000 in the UK, and it was the same story in other steel producing countries around the world.

Rather than signifying a decline in the steel market, however, the decrease in employment was actually more of a testament to the increased efficiency in the production of steel.

These days, the steel production process is still advancing in labour efficiency. In one Austrian steel plant, just 14 workers are able to produce more than 450,000 tonnes of steel each year! This may be an extreme example, but considering in 1990 the average steel worker produced only 400 tonnes per year, it really goes to show how far the industry has come.

Not only that, but the drop in employment within steel production has not necessarily removed jobs from the economy, it is more accurate to say that these jobs have simply moved down-steam into jobs such as steel processing and supply (like Pulmans!) or the manufacture of goods using steel. As products using steel are becoming more and more complex, jobs within these down-stream markets have been multiplying. It is now estimated that one employment-year in the steel industry generates 3.5 employment years elsewhere.

It’s undeniable that the consumption of steel worldwide is increasing, and while employment in the steel production industry may not be what it once was, steel continues to stimulate the worldwide economy, promote international trade and breathe life into the next generation of end-use products.