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Catch up on the latest new from Pulman Steel and the steel industry

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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.



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.



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.



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.



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

10th April 2019

A cleaner future

The future of steel

Steel as an industry dates back over a century, but it is by no means stuck in its ways.

The UK iron and steel industry aims to be carbon-neutral by 2040. A £35 million research network has been set up to collaborate with Swansea, Sheffield and Warwick universities on a seven-year programme.

The initiative is part of a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% compared with 1990 levels.

The programme will include looking at untapped energy sources looking at the way steel is made, methods of capturing emissions, re-processing waste and developing new products.

This programme is funded by a £10m investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the rest from steel companies, trade bodies and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

The general feeling is that steel manufacturing is already on the path to cleaner, greener and smart steelmaking, but this is the next step. It is also believed that creating cleaner steel will increase jobs – so it’s a win win for the future.

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.

18th April 2017

Make sure your summer construction deadlines are met

Steel construction

Spring is finally here, and it’s really starting to feel like it too! With this warming weather, construction seems to jump into overdrive. All those projects that have been put off over winter are beginning to get the green light, and with the rush of new construction projects comes a rush of pressing deadlines. Those of you who work in construction know there are enough delays and setbacks on projects without having to wait on deliveries, so why not choose a steel supplier with a proven track record for fast turnaround and on time deliveries?

Pulman Steel has been in the steel business since 1830, and during this time we have developed a reputation for being someone our customers can count on to deliver the right product on time, every time.

Our extensive range including bright steels, black steels, ERW tubes, plates, beams, columns and more is stacked up to the rafters and ready to ship out to our customers at a moment’s notice.

We also have in-house capabilities for bespoke sawing and profiling, using state-of-the-art machines to meet the requirements of our customers with impressive speed and precision. So when your project develops an unexpected need for some cut-to-length hollow sections, one call to Pulmans can avert the crisis.

All of this would be for nothing if our delivery vehicles couldn’t keep up to the demands, but we have a new fleet of purpose-built delivery vehicles to ensure all deliveries are made on time. So when you use Pulmans as your steel supplier, you can be sure that we’ll never delay your project deadlines!