2020 has been an extraordinary year for everyone and the steel industry has, like every industry, been affected by the worldwide pandemic.
After the initial quiet few months of lockdown, there has been a significant bounce-back in demand from the initial impact of the Covid crisis. This has meant that steel mills do not have the capacity to keep up with current demand levels, leading to shortages in the supply chain for many steel products, including pre-painted steel.
Simultaneously, the cost of raw materials used in steel making such as iron-ore have continued to rise as the world moves through the stages of the pandemic.
All steel mills have consequently announced increases in their prices with effect from October 1st and we will be in contact with our customers directly to inform them of the changes this will make to our pricing structure.
As part of our ongoing investment plan, in February of this year, we extended our factory by taking on the site next door. We’ve kitted it out with a new crane, a new coil transfer car, a new forklift, more coil storage bays and more sheet racking. It’s meant that we’ve been able to increase our stocks by over 50% giving you much more choice than ever before.
We’re still able to offer all of this choice with our usual high quality delivery service which has stayed exactly the same with same day within the West Midlands and next day nationwide.
We are committed, during this extremely difficult time, to ensuring that our business continues to run and provides our customers with the products they need.
We will remain open as long as it is practicable and safe to do so and as long as we have a market to serve. You may notice some small changes to our service levels as we adapt and account for staff illness and isolation. We have also implemented some new measures for drivers coming onto site so we can keep our staff safe. We will advise you of these when you place an order but please just contact us if you’d like more information.
Since we were established in 2006 our business has changed dramatically. We started as a small sales office of two people, before expanding into a factory warehouse and investing in state-of-the-art processing capabilities. We are proud to be able to offer our customers a service that is now unrivalled in this industry, underpinned by ISO 9001:2015 accreditation. We provide:
Choice- We’re renowned for having the broadest range of Arcelor products in the industry including Solano Leathergrains and Granite HDX. We are excited that we can now offer a large range of Tata Steel products as well, including Colorcoat® LG, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra®, Colorcoat Prisma®, Advantica® (for use in food safe applications) and Colorcoat® PE 15 (also known as white liner). This means we can supply you with the most appropriate products dependent upon the application or specification of your requirements.
Service- We believe our team has a fantastic blend of product knowledge, industry experience and enthusiasm with which to help you. If you need to know which product is right for the job you just need to ask. Our customers have their own dedicated sales manager but everyone in the team will rapidly deal with your enquiries and make decisions as appropriate. We also split stock packs, so you can order the exact quantity you need to meet your requirements.
Delivery- 24 hour delivery across the UK is standard for us and local deliveries can often be made on the same day. Timed deliveries can be booked on request.
There are more changes on the horizon as we continue to evolve and meet the demands of the market. That’s why we needed our brand image to keep pace with us – reflecting the unrivalled service we have given the industry since our launch, and looking forward to our ongoing development. We hope you like it as much as we do.
We’ll keep you updated on upcoming changes on this blog and through social media: