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    Hot-rolled steel combines performance, versatility and value.

     
    Our portfolio of hot-rolled steel includes forming and structural grades, heat-treatable steels and advanced, high-strength low-alloy steels, all specially designed for our customers' specific and demanding applications.

    • Benefits of narrow strip
      • Improved production yield as a result of tight control of thickness and mechanical properties
      • Low minimum order quantites allow efficient stock management
      • One point of contact for over 200 grades of steel
      • Technical assistance on local and group scale

       

    • Partnering with our customers

      Our focused, customer-centric approach helps us to build stronger business relationships with our customers.

      True partnerships based on collaboration, trust and mutual benefit.

    • Short lead times and wide choice

      From slab stock, we can offer quantities from three tonnes upwards – ensuring reliably short delivery lead times.

      Tata Steel’s integrated supply chain means we can provide you with access to a wide range of steel grades.

    • Alloy steels for tailored performance

      Our narrow strip mill produces an extensive range of alloy steels designed to meet the exacting specifications of customers in diverse sectors.

      Typical applications include tools steel, steels suitable for quench and tempering, bearing steel, structural steels and silicon steels.

    • Boron steels for improved hardenability

      Boron steels have been developed to improve hardenability during heat treatment by the deliberate addition of boron to  a range of medium carbon steels.
      They possess hardenability equivalent to that of much higher carbon stels and more expensive low alloy steels.

    Contact us

    Tata Steel

    Narrow Strip

    Sheffield Road

    Rotherham

    S60 1BN

    T + 44 (0)1709 377 113

    F + 44 (0)1709 842 609

    Overview

     

    Our narrow strip mill has a long-established reputation for providing precision strip products. These are tailored to meet the needs of cold-rollers and customers in many market sectors including:

    • Agricultural
    • Automotive
    • Aviation
    • Keys
    • Lifting & Excavating

    We manufacture a range of steel grades, from low carbon and free-cutting steels to high carbon, alloy and stainless steels. These offer varying strength, formability, durability and hardness properties to suit the requirements of a wide variety of applications.

    The quality of our products, our wide technical knowledge, our specialist logistics expertise and our precision manufacturing mean we are able to service a growing a global network of demanding customers. Ongoing research, development and investment ensure that we continue to lead the way in steel advances. It means we can offer cutting-edge products that keep pace with the very latest developments in your industry. Investment is enabling our expansion into niche markets – and helping us to maintain our position as one of the world's leading narrow mills.

    We also offer a hire rolling service.

    Why choose narrow strip?

    Our narrow strip products offer a range of benefits:

    • manufactured to close tolerances, our narrow strip material is ideally suited to demanding, safety-critical and highly-specialised applications
    • our hot-rolled strip is produced in tailor-made sizes to fit your exact requirements and cut waste
    • hot-rolled thin gauge (TG) material below 1.5mm provides access to significant benefits including cost savings during processing
    • strength, formability and hardness are optimised to suit the application - for customised product performance

    Our services offer benefits too:

    • our experienced team provides a tailored, reliable service to meet your specific technical, logistical and commercial support requirements
    • from slab stock, we can offer quantities from three tonnes upwards  - with outstanding lead time and delivery reliability
    • Tata Steel’s integrated supply chain gives you unrivalled access to steel grades and unique optimised chemistries
    • our technical expertise and support service means we can offer a metals solution to meet your needs
    • hire/toll rolling of over 200 non-ferrous/special/super alloy materials to customers' exacting specifications

    Technical support for optimised customer operations

    We have a dedicated technical team of experienced metallurgists and material engineers. Our team can advise you on material selection and help with identification of steel grades from most international standards.

    We also offer customer support on production-related issues including:

    • increasing your production runs
    • yield savings
    • lowering the cost of raw material

    We can also evaluate competitor products and investigate component failures.

    Our facilities include an on-site laboratory for hardness, tensile and metallurgical testing. A chemical analysis service is available at our sister steelmaking facility. In addition, we also have access to Tata Steel’s research, development and technology facilities for sophisticated examinations using electron microscopy and other advanced techniques.      

    Reliable quality

    Our processes and systems are certified to ISO9001:2008 enabling us to offer you reliable, consistent quality and service.

    Click here for an e-learning overview of how narrow strip is processed.

    Hire rolling 

    We have extensive experience of hire rolling a vast array of ferrous and non-ferrous alloy, special metals and stainless steel grades. Over the years, this has led to refinement of reheating and rolling processes for manufacture of high quality products. Typically, we can offer very short lead times of one - two weeks (from slab delivery at our mill).

    Our hire rolled products are used within a number of industries including electrical, computer, aerospace and automotive. Typical grades include:

    • high nickel alloys (approx 30-100% Ni)
    • nickel-copper alloys
    • nickel-chrome alloys
    • high manganese alloys (74% Mn)
    • cobalt irons (24-90% Co)
    • maraging steel
    • non-ferrous grades such as pure copper, nickel and titanium
    • nickel-based superalloys
    • cobalt-based superalloys
    • pure iron
    • Fe-Cr-Al grades
    • specialised stainless grades

    Typical applications include:

    • electrical connectors
    • electrical shielding
    • motor and alternator laminations
    • circuit breakers
    • heating elements and sheaths
    • bi-metallic strip
    • battery cases
    • gas turbine components
    • aerospace fasteners
    • magnetic sensors
    • fuel Injectors
    • nuclear industry components
    • defence industry components

     

     

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    History

     

    In 1957........

    • six founding nations established the European Economic Community
    • Russia launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite

    ...and Brinsworth Strip Mills at Rotherham in the UK commenced rolling narrow strip.

    Tradition

    • Rotherham has a history of iron and steelmaking, with the earliest evidence documented in 1161.
    • Steel Peech and Tozer (SPT) began producing strip at its mill at Rotherham in 1921.

    Expansion

    • At the end of the Second World War there was an increase in demand for steel products including strip due to improved living standards.  SPT’s Rotherham strip mill could satisfy some of this demand – but only to a maximum width of 230mm.
    • In July 1955 it was announced that a new Brinsworth Hot Strip Mill (now part of Tata Steel) would be built at a cost of £3.6 m. The mill would roll mild, carbon and special steels up to 457mm - filling the gap between the narrow and wide strip mills operating at that time.
    • The first slabs were rolled at the new mill on 10 June 1957. Full capacity was expected to be 8,000 tonnes per week. Strip orders were mainly for the motorcar, bicycle, tube and stamping industries - and nearly all of them for the home market. Compare this with today, where the export market represents more than 50 per cent of our order book.   

    Early years

    • A good supply of raw material was required for Brinsworth. Two local melting shops supplied the steel, Templeborough and Ickles, using the open-hearth method of steelmaking. The ingots produced were rolled to blooms and then slabs in the Templeborough Cogging Mill. The slabs were then delivered to Brinsworth by train.
    • Output at Brinsworth increased steadily. A second shift was added by the middle of December 1957.  By September 1959, 143,258 tonnes of coils had been produced.
    • A boom in the steel industry saw Brinsworth achieve its highest annual throughput of 425,000 tonnes in 1973.
    • The basic layout of Brinsworth Hot Strip Mill has changed very little over the years but developments in all areas make it a remarkably different business.
    • The size range and coil size have increased and the product range has grown too.  During the late 1960s the development of high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels called Hypress® proved successful.  We continued to develop unique grades to meet customers’ specific requirements during the next 20 years, in grades such as boron, carbon manganese and chrome molybdenum. 
    • Product quality is of the utmost importance to our narrow strip business. Many recent developments have been geared to ensuring reliable quality and meeting the ever-changing demands of our customers. Other improvements have been introduced in line with our environmental responsibility. For example, the river water used in our cooling process is treated to such an extent that it goes back into the River Don cleaner than when taken out.
    • In the past ten years, investment in our plant, people and products has ensured that Brinsworth is still one of the leading hot-rolled narrow strip producers in the world. Ongoing investment will secure its place in the future. 

    And now

    • The basic layout of Brinsworth Hot Strip Mill has changed very little over the years but developments in all areas make it a remarkably different business.
    • The size range and coil size have increased and the product range has grown too.  During the late 1960s the development of high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels called Hypress® proved successful.  We continued to develop unique grades to meet customers’ specific requirements during the next 20 years, in grades such as boron, carbon manganese and chrome molybdenum. 
    • Product quality is of the utmost importance to our narrow strip business. Many recent developments have been geared to ensuring reliable quality and meeting the ever-changing demands of our customers. Other improvements have been introduced in line with our environmental responsibility. For example, the river water used in our cooling process is treated to such an extent that it goes back into the River Don cleaner than when taken out.
    • In the past ten years, investment in our plant, people and products has ensured that Brinsworth is still one of the leading hot-rolled narrow strip producers in the world. Ongoing investment will secure its place in the future. 

     

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    Contacts and location

     

    Sales Contacts

    Simon Ellis  +44 (0)1709 842536 simon.ellis@tatasteel.com
    John Abey +44 (0)1709 842528 john.abey@tatasteel.com
    Cahel Ferguson           +44 (0)1709 842546 cahel.ferguson@tatasteel.com
    Tony Noon                    +44 (0)1709 842587  tony.noon@tatasteel.com
    Lisa Parker +44 (0)1709 842541   lisa.parker@tatasteel.com
    Alison May +44 (0)1709 842532 alison.may@tatasteel.com

     

    Technical contacts

    Chris Davies +44 (0)1709 842547

    chris.davies@tatasteel.com

    Matthew Barnett +44 (0)1709 842548

    matthew.barnett@tatasteel.com

     

    Site Directions

    How to find us

     


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    Overview

    Overview

     

    Our narrow strip mill has a long-established reputation for providing precision strip products. These are tailored to meet the needs of cold-rollers and customers in many market sectors including:

    • Agricultural
    • Automotive
    • Aviation
    • Keys
    • Lifting & Excavating

    We manufacture a range of steel grades, from low carbon and free-cutting steels to high carbon, alloy and stainless steels. These offer varying strength, formability, durability and hardness properties to suit the requirements of a wide variety of applications.

    The quality of our products, our wide technical knowledge, our specialist logistics expertise and our precision manufacturing mean we are able to service a growing a global network of demanding customers. Ongoing research, development and investment ensure that we continue to lead the way in steel advances. It means we can offer cutting-edge products that keep pace with the very latest developments in your industry. Investment is enabling our expansion into niche markets – and helping us to maintain our position as one of the world's leading narrow mills.

    We also offer a hire rolling service.

    Why choose narrow strip?

    Our narrow strip products offer a range of benefits:

    • manufactured to close tolerances, our narrow strip material is ideally suited to demanding, safety-critical and highly-specialised applications
    • our hot-rolled strip is produced in tailor-made sizes to fit your exact requirements and cut waste
    • hot-rolled thin gauge (TG) material below 1.5mm provides access to significant benefits including cost savings during processing
    • strength, formability and hardness are optimised to suit the application - for customised product performance

    Our services offer benefits too:

    • our experienced team provides a tailored, reliable service to meet your specific technical, logistical and commercial support requirements
    • from slab stock, we can offer quantities from three tonnes upwards  - with outstanding lead time and delivery reliability
    • Tata Steel’s integrated supply chain gives you unrivalled access to steel grades and unique optimised chemistries
    • our technical expertise and support service means we can offer a metals solution to meet your needs
    • hire/toll rolling of over 200 non-ferrous/special/super alloy materials to customers' exacting specifications

    Technical support for optimised customer operations

    We have a dedicated technical team of experienced metallurgists and material engineers. Our team can advise you on material selection and help with identification of steel grades from most international standards.

    We also offer customer support on production-related issues including:

    • increasing your production runs
    • yield savings
    • lowering the cost of raw material

    We can also evaluate competitor products and investigate component failures.

    Our facilities include an on-site laboratory for hardness, tensile and metallurgical testing. A chemical analysis service is available at our sister steelmaking facility. In addition, we also have access to Tata Steel’s research, development and technology facilities for sophisticated examinations using electron microscopy and other advanced techniques.      

    Reliable quality

    Our processes and systems are certified to ISO9001:2008 enabling us to offer you reliable, consistent quality and service.

    Click here for an e-learning overview of how narrow strip is processed.

    Hire rolling 

    We have extensive experience of hire rolling a vast array of ferrous and non-ferrous alloy, special metals and stainless steel grades. Over the years, this has led to refinement of reheating and rolling processes for manufacture of high quality products. Typically, we can offer very short lead times of one - two weeks (from slab delivery at our mill).

    Our hire rolled products are used within a number of industries including electrical, computer, aerospace and automotive. Typical grades include:

    • high nickel alloys (approx 30-100% Ni)
    • nickel-copper alloys
    • nickel-chrome alloys
    • high manganese alloys (74% Mn)
    • cobalt irons (24-90% Co)
    • maraging steel
    • non-ferrous grades such as pure copper, nickel and titanium
    • nickel-based superalloys
    • cobalt-based superalloys
    • pure iron
    • Fe-Cr-Al grades
    • specialised stainless grades

    Typical applications include:

    • electrical connectors
    • electrical shielding
    • motor and alternator laminations
    • circuit breakers
    • heating elements and sheaths
    • bi-metallic strip
    • battery cases
    • gas turbine components
    • aerospace fasteners
    • magnetic sensors
    • fuel Injectors
    • nuclear industry components
    • defence industry components

     

     

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    History

    History

     

    In 1957........

    • six founding nations established the European Economic Community
    • Russia launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite

    ...and Brinsworth Strip Mills at Rotherham in the UK commenced rolling narrow strip.

    Tradition

    • Rotherham has a history of iron and steelmaking, with the earliest evidence documented in 1161.
    • Steel Peech and Tozer (SPT) began producing strip at its mill at Rotherham in 1921.

    Expansion

    • At the end of the Second World War there was an increase in demand for steel products including strip due to improved living standards.  SPT’s Rotherham strip mill could satisfy some of this demand – but only to a maximum width of 230mm.
    • In July 1955 it was announced that a new Brinsworth Hot Strip Mill (now part of Tata Steel) would be built at a cost of £3.6 m. The mill would roll mild, carbon and special steels up to 457mm - filling the gap between the narrow and wide strip mills operating at that time.
    • The first slabs were rolled at the new mill on 10 June 1957. Full capacity was expected to be 8,000 tonnes per week. Strip orders were mainly for the motorcar, bicycle, tube and stamping industries - and nearly all of them for the home market. Compare this with today, where the export market represents more than 50 per cent of our order book.   

    Early years

    • A good supply of raw material was required for Brinsworth. Two local melting shops supplied the steel, Templeborough and Ickles, using the open-hearth method of steelmaking. The ingots produced were rolled to blooms and then slabs in the Templeborough Cogging Mill. The slabs were then delivered to Brinsworth by train.
    • Output at Brinsworth increased steadily. A second shift was added by the middle of December 1957.  By September 1959, 143,258 tonnes of coils had been produced.
    • A boom in the steel industry saw Brinsworth achieve its highest annual throughput of 425,000 tonnes in 1973.
    • The basic layout of Brinsworth Hot Strip Mill has changed very little over the years but developments in all areas make it a remarkably different business.
    • The size range and coil size have increased and the product range has grown too.  During the late 1960s the development of high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels called Hypress® proved successful.  We continued to develop unique grades to meet customers’ specific requirements during the next 20 years, in grades such as boron, carbon manganese and chrome molybdenum. 
    • Product quality is of the utmost importance to our narrow strip business. Many recent developments have been geared to ensuring reliable quality and meeting the ever-changing demands of our customers. Other improvements have been introduced in line with our environmental responsibility. For example, the river water used in our cooling process is treated to such an extent that it goes back into the River Don cleaner than when taken out.
    • In the past ten years, investment in our plant, people and products has ensured that Brinsworth is still one of the leading hot-rolled narrow strip producers in the world. Ongoing investment will secure its place in the future. 

    And now

    • The basic layout of Brinsworth Hot Strip Mill has changed very little over the years but developments in all areas make it a remarkably different business.
    • The size range and coil size have increased and the product range has grown too.  During the late 1960s the development of high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels called Hypress® proved successful.  We continued to develop unique grades to meet customers’ specific requirements during the next 20 years, in grades such as boron, carbon manganese and chrome molybdenum. 
    • Product quality is of the utmost importance to our narrow strip business. Many recent developments have been geared to ensuring reliable quality and meeting the ever-changing demands of our customers. Other improvements have been introduced in line with our environmental responsibility. For example, the river water used in our cooling process is treated to such an extent that it goes back into the River Don cleaner than when taken out.
    • In the past ten years, investment in our plant, people and products has ensured that Brinsworth is still one of the leading hot-rolled narrow strip producers in the world. Ongoing investment will secure its place in the future. 

     

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    Contacts and location

    Contacts and location

     

    Sales Contacts

    Simon Ellis  +44 (0)1709 842536 simon.ellis@tatasteel.com
    John Abey +44 (0)1709 842528 john.abey@tatasteel.com
    Cahel Ferguson           +44 (0)1709 842546 cahel.ferguson@tatasteel.com
    Tony Noon                    +44 (0)1709 842587  tony.noon@tatasteel.com
    Lisa Parker +44 (0)1709 842541   lisa.parker@tatasteel.com
    Alison May +44 (0)1709 842532 alison.may@tatasteel.com

     

    Technical contacts

    Chris Davies +44 (0)1709 842547

    chris.davies@tatasteel.com

    Matthew Barnett +44 (0)1709 842548

    matthew.barnett@tatasteel.com

     

    Site Directions

    How to find us

     


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