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 and hoping that 2017 will be the year he sees his team 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?

The 11% to 14% Manganese Steel invented by Sir Robert Hadfield over 100 years ago is a unique grade and still very popular today. I like its work hardening characteristics, that when you try to cut or machine the steel or when the steel wears it gets harder. Historically it was ideal for tram and railway lines, prison bars (no point smuggling in a hacksaw in a pie – you’ve no chance!) and is now very popular as an anti-drill plate for security products such as car park pay and display machines.

What’s the best thing about Yorkshire?

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