About Rob


Rob Ellis


Director at West Yorkshire Steel

About Rob

Like Duncan, Rob can often be found on his bike, though he prefers the road variety and his wheels tend to be locked away during the winter months. He also enjoys music and going to gigs, you’ll often find Rob enjoying a gig, a pint and possibly a pie at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, his favourite music venue. Rob enjoys sport and is a Leeds United fan, hoping one day to see their long awaited return to the Premier League. Rob likes to pop over to Wetherby racecourse a few times a year during the winter racing season.

Another hobby of Rob’s is researching the history of steel and steel specifications. He collects books on old and new steel grades and has a library of literature on steel specifications dating back to the early 1900’s. So if you’re ever thinking of throwing out any old steel literature, please send it this way!

Rob enjoys working in the family business environment, having people around to discuss any enquiries relating to the technicalities of steel is great. He also loves the fact that his father Brian, who started the business back in the 70’s, still has a great interest in steel and is always around to lend a hand. More often than not when working together as a team most questions on steel grades can be answered.

How long have you been working in the steel industry?

All my working life

What’s your favourite use of steel?

Not an easy question, at West Yorkshire Steel we supply a diverse range of many fascinating and complex steel grades. It’s interesting how many popular steel grades used today have been in production for over a hundred years. We have books in our steel specifications library showing how alloy steel grades such as EN24 and EN30B were produced under different guises in the early 1900s. It is the same with tool steel grades. A good example is O1, produced with varying brand names by many independent Sheffield tool steel manufacturers. Back then it wasn’t just simple O1, it had numerous wonderful names such as Pitho, Non Shrinking Oil Hardening, Vampire, K4 Special, No 7 Hardenite and many others.

What’s the best thing about Yorkshire?

Its countryside and its beer – it’s quite easy and enjoyable to combine the two!