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Where does steel fit in with Britain’s coronavirus recovery?

By westyorkssteel

In the last 15 years, the UK has seen two large scale events that have had serious repercussions on the economy. The global crash of 2007 and the recent pandemic have affected businesses across the board, but it’s not unfair to say that building and construction have been among the worst hit both times. When the UK went into lockdown in March, tradespeople on building sites were sent home, and the advice to work from home wherever possible couldn’t be applied.   A few weeks ago, however, the UK not only allowed builders and tradespeople to return to work, but... [read more]

Fighting coronavirus needs the right equipment – and materials!

By westyorkssteel

Those people who know West Yorkshire Steel and those who read our blog will be familiar with our belief that there’s always a material that’s perfectly suited to the job at hand – and it’s surprising how often that material is steel! We genuinely find it a fascinating material and love that a little tweak in the treatment or chemical composition of the material can bring such incredibly different results.   We also know, however, that sometimes there are other materials that are more ideally suited, and a few weeks ago we found out that Harrogate Grammar School was turning... [read more]

West Yorkshire Steel in The Parliamentary Review!

By westyorkssteel

A few months ago, West Yorkshire Steel were approached and asked if we’d like to write a piece that would be included in the Parliamentary Review. This edition was focussed on the worlds of supply, manufacturing and engineering, and because steel is central to each of those sectors and they’re very close West Yorkshire Steel’s heart, we were asked if we’d like to have our input included. If you’ve never really come across the Parliamentary Review before, it’s a publication that gives businesses a platform to discuss their strengths, challenges and the future of not only their sector, but their... [read more]

Recycling steel is a medical priority!

By Rob Ellis

It’s no secret that we find steel an absolutely fascinating material – not only does it have almost endless possibilities, it’s also almost endlessly recyclable! Some materials have a limited number of times that they’re suitable for recycling; paper, for instance, can only be recycled around 6 times due to its structure. The cellulose chains that paper is made from get shorter and shorter every time it’s recycled, meaning that after around 6 times, they’re too short to be reused for more paper. Steel doesn’t have this problem; there’s no shortening of its structure and no problem with using the... [read more]

D2 for tools!

By Rob Ellis

There’s always a right tool for the job, and more often than not, it needs the right steel to make that tool. Tool steel grades have some variance in them, depending on what the final intended purpose is going to be, but D2 steel is one of the more interesting examples, simply due to how well it’s able to perform where other materials would fail. Speaking from a technical point of view, D2 steel is interesting because it’s a high carbon, high chromium steel that has high toughness and resistance to wear. Obviously this is useful for items like knives... [read more]