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    william rowland

    global suppliers of high purity metals, metal powders, alloys and inoculants

  • our shopping site - is now live - you can now buy our metals online

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    is now live

    you can now buy our metals online

  • william rowland - specialty metals - we now supply alloys & pure secondary scrap

    william rowland

    specialty metals

    we now supply alloys & pure secondary scrap


A wide range of copper, nickel, tin and ferro alloys available

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Metals powders available from aluminium through to zinc

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High Purity Metals

We can supply a wide range of high purity metals for industrial use

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Low Melting Point Alloys

Industry standard or customer specific alloys can be made in-house

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A wide range of foundry additives including inoculants, graphite and molybdic oxide.

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Supplying the world with high purity metals, metal powders, low melting point alloys, alloys and inoculants

With over 180 years of experience, we’re proud to be one of the oldest trading metal companies in the world. We've striven for excellence since the very beginning and innovation, quality and service remain at the core of everything we do.

We deliver high purity metals at globally competitive prices, and we've been at the forefront for nearly two hundred years. So our reputation and heritage speaks for itself. We continue to succeed because we continue to lead.

We are experts in supplying high purity metals including low melting pointing point alloys to tight deadlines.

Our orders quantities are flexible we accommodate customers who only require small quantities.

Our company was built on the dream of one man.

Our future is built upon our great ideas.


Most metals used within the aerospace industry are alloys, primarily steel, cobalt and nickel based superalloys.

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The most common materials used in the contruction industry are steel, bronze, brass, aluminium and copper

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Nickel, nickel alloys and stainless steels are used extensively in the petrochemical industry

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Nickel, Aluminium, Copper and Magnesium are used extensively in the automotive industry.

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Seawater is corrosive to most construction materials; therefore specific metals are required.

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Copper, silver, nickel, cobalt, aluminium, tin, zinc, indium and silicon are widely used in the electronics industry

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A large variety of metals are used in the defence sector, from rare metals to aluminium, magnesium and steel.

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Copper, nickel, iron, silver, cobalt, indium, silicon and aluminium are widely used in the energy industry.

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We've been innovating at William Rowland since 1830

We celebrated 150 years of William Rowland in 1980. To mark this momentous occasion we created a William Rowland Commemorative Plate that featured our old horse ‘Farmer’. In the 1830’s, Farmer was a familiar sight around Sheffield as he helped deliver ingots of zinc, iron and tin to our customers.

In 1987, another significant venture began when DCX Chrome (formally known as Delachaux), a global manufacturer of high-quality chromium metal, appointed us as their sole sales agent in the UK and Eire. This exciting appointment was a show of confidence by DCX Chrome in recognition of our expertise and reputation in the aerospace industry.

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Our company was built on the dream of one man

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What does being a scrap metal dealer entail?

Posted: 2017-12-05 10:45:58

Scrap metal is made up of recycled materials that have been left over from manufacturing and consumptions of products that use metals. This could be anything from parts of old vehicles, to surplus materials that have been discarded during the manufacturing process. It does not, however, include gold and silver, or any other alloy that is comprised of more than 2% of either gold or silver. A scrap metal dealer is someone who deals with the sale of…



Posted: 2017-11-06 09:17:59

Tin is a chemical element, belonging to group 14 of the periodic table. Its symbol is Sn, which comes from the Latin stannum, and it is what we call a post-transition metal. It is commonly used in alloys, including bronze and pewter, as well as in the plating of steel to add a corrosion resistant layer. Malleable and very ductile, tin is a silvery white coloured metal that has a relatively low melting point of 232 degrees Celsius (the lowest within…


Where is all the gold?

Posted: 2017-10-25 13:32:32

The journal Nature recently published an article that argued the gold and silver found on Earth should be much more abundant than they are. Whilst both metals can be found scattered throughout space, they are relatively rare to find on Earth compared to other elements, and the lack of gold in particular has been a growing concern amongst the mining industry. Whilst the metal has always been scarce, it is being found less and less often which will…


The most powerful magnet in the world

Posted: 2017-10-15 13:20:29

Although magnetic materials and magnetic fields are naturally occurring, the most powerful magnet in the world is man-made. Reaching a huge 100 tesla, the magnet is over 2 million times more powerful than the Earth’s own magnetic field, and sits in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL). In March 2012, researchers at the facility were able to claim that they had created the strongest magnetic field ever, that was non-destructive. The…



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