Surprisingly to Me, This Is Now My 40th Year in the Steel Industry, Its Amazing Where Time Goes

By Duncan Ellis | 17th January, 2017

All my family is from Sheffield hence the fact it was never surprising that I was interested in engineering. One of my first jobs was a part time Saturday job at Wetherby Engineering. I started making teas, sweeping floors and cleaning down the machines. Then moved on to parting off components on an old capstan lathe and using the milling machines. After leaving school at 16, I went to College to do a business studies degree. After one year I switched this to a part time course and started work at Hanson Stainless Strip Co in Pudsey. This was 1977.... [read more]

Lessons in History – and Investment in Steel

By Rob Ellis | 3rd January, 2017

Sometimes it’s quite easy to forget that behind what we know of the steel business, there’s an entire other industry, working hard. We may look at the amazing range of steel products that we know today and identify them by how they’re used, everything from the frames of skyscrapers to industrial machinery, cars right down to a teaspoon. These strong and sturdy products can appear almost eternal and permanent. There is, however, another level to the steel business, which is set solidly in the world of finance. Almost anything and any company can be traded on the stock market, but... [read more]

Steel – How Hard Is It, Really?

By Rob Ellis | 20th December, 2016

Steel is practically a synonym for strength and it’s surprising how many different situations make use of it. You can have steely determination, steel yourself against misfortune, have a mind as sharp as a steel trap and have nerves of steel. We can say, quite definitively, that we recognise that steel can be made strong and hard. The question is, however, with the number of different types of steel out there, which ones are suitable for your engineering project? Even under the term ‘steel’ there are a mind-boggling array of different specifications and characteristics, some of which are more designed... [read more]

Sir John Brown – The Man With The Common Name Who Made An Uncommon Contribution To Britain

By Rob Ellis | 6th December, 2016

We’re always very proud to enjoy the connection between Yorkshire and both the history of its contributions to steel, industry and the foundations that these created for the entire modern society that we live in today. Although there’s amazing work being done in the fields of metallurgy, engineering and science today, there’s something special about the early days of discovery undertaken by inquisitive minds, pushing the boundaries of early scientific knowledge. One such man went on, not only to be recognised as a huge figure of industry, but is even known as the Father of the South Yorkshire Iron Trade.... [read more]

Dr Baker, One of the Early Visionaries of Steel

By Rob Ellis | 22nd November, 2016

At one time, the manufacture of metals was the sole preserve of single craftsmen. Blacksmiths worked all day in front of a large fire, hammer in one hand and an anvil at his feet. As things moved on to the Industrial Revolution, the manufacture of steel had moved into large foundries and the race to produce more, faster and better quality was moving into overdrive. All of a sudden, the experience that blacksmiths gained over a lifetime was being logged, distilled and improved by scientists. Chemists were very quickly becoming sought after and highly in demand to identify and solve... [read more]