100 Years of Stainless Steel, Thanks Harry

By Rob Ellis

There are some inventions that changed the world. We think of the motor car, the wind-up radio and the disposable razor; which all had massive effects on the world, changing the essence of their fields. Some inventions are so fundamental it's difficult to see how we got on before them. We tend to think of these as discoveries. This year is the centenary of a discovery by Harry Brearley, a Yorkshireman born in February 1871. His early life was humble, he and seven siblings shared a two bedroom back to back in Sheffield with their parents. Work life was difficult,... [read more]

A Crucible of Steel History

By Duncan Ellis

In the corner of the West Yorkshire Steel reception next to a rather pretty aspidistra is an old crucible. It's a small clay pot which was made for melting cast steel and iron. I took it from a derelict old iron foundry just outside Oughtibridge near Sheffield in the late 1970s. There were hundreds of them strewn outside the back of the deserted factory. Most were broken, although some were still intact but too heavy to handle due the accumulation of years of slag and molten bits of iron attached inside and out. The rest are probably buried under the... [read more]

West Yorkshire Steel launch brand new web site

By Rob Ellis

Online Industry Leaders West Yorkshire Steel Launch Brand New Website West Yorkshire Steel are delighted to introduce our newly revitalised and greatly updated website. We went for a fresh, clean design and sought to show our new logo off to the web world! The site has been redeveloped to provide comprehensive information on a wide range of special steel grades and specifications. was first published in 1996. Understanding the possibilities of the World Wide Web is one reason why we were one of the first UK steel stockholders to promote ourselves online. Much has changed on the web since... [read more]