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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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Using Low Melting Point Alloys for Casting

Posted: 2018-11-27 15:31:41

Low melting point alloys (sometimes referred to as fusible alloys) fulfil a number of functions throughout the manufacturing industry. Boasting a number of interesting properties unique to them, they have numerous applications for tools and components. What are low melting point alloys? The name pretty much gives it away: these are alloys that can be melted at a low temperature (by which we mean 300° or under). However, this is the least interesting…


What is ferrous metal?

Posted: 2018-05-03 15:02:11

A ferrous metal is made up of iron and other metals to give the ferrous properties required. Although iron on its own is often referred to as a ferrous metal, the term really relates to any metal compounds that have iron in them. To test if a metal is ferrous or not, the valance is measured. A valence of +2 means that the metal is ferrous. Ferrous metals have some well-known properties. One is that they are magnetic and another is that they are very…


Antimony Metal - What you need to know

Posted: 2018-02-15 11:22:06

[caption id="attachment_416" align="alignleft" width="220"] Antimony metal[/caption] Antimony metal - what is it? Antimony is a semimetallic chemical element which can exist in two forms: the metallic form is bright, silvery, hard and brittle; the non metallic form is a grey powder. Antimony is a poor conductor of heat and electricity, it is stable in dry air and is not attacked by dilute acids or alkalis. Antimony and some of its alloys expand on…


What are Christmas baubles made of?

Posted: 2017-12-20 09:20:22

Although modern day baubles are typically made of blown glass, they have a long history and in the past have been made of glass, wood, metal and various other materials. Hans Greiner, who made glass beads and tin figures to hang on trees in addition to the traditional apples and candy canes, first manufactured Glass baubles in Lauscha, Germany. Glass tubes were heated over fire, and then inserted into a clay mold where they could be blown so that…



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