The past is our foundation but the future is our focus
From the beginning, innovation has been the driving force for our business. In 1840, William Rowland became the first company to import Swedish iron into Sheffield for cutlery production.
Ever since William Rowland has grown to become an internationally recognized supplier of high quality metals. Our business has expanded to cover an efficient distribution of metals across the world, manufacturing Alloys and Solders in-house in our foundry in Birmingham, and sorting and processing metals for further usage.
Today, we have an international reputation for innovation in the metals trade. In 2012, the arrival of new metal processing equipment marked yet another milestone in our history allowing us to develop our capabilities further. This state-of-the-art machinery has enabled us to deliver refined metals into new markets right across the world.
Our commitment to maintain our reputation as a leading supplier of refined metals, metal powders, revert alloys and alloys & solders throughout the world provides our customers with the assurance that we will be continually investing in people and technology to meet the ever-changing needs of industry.
As our customers’ needs develop, we will adapt and embrace future developments with vigour and enthusiasm.
A journey of progress since 1830
William Rowland is founded
by Jonathan Rowland
Arthur Ernest Rowland takes over the running of the company in 1891
One of the first companies of our type to
offer weekly payment terms to customers
Proud to become a
An amalgamation of the British Metal Corporation (BMC) and Henry Gardner & Co Ltd.
William Rowland Ltd.
joins the AMC Group
Expanding over the years
Acquired some of the assets of Henry Gardner & Co in Cradley Heath.
Investment in CNC equipment
Invested over £250k in automated CNC shearing equipment for metal cathode processing
A greater offering
Added speciality revert alloys to the product portfolio to support our long standing melting customers with significant investment in equipment and people.
Expanded it’s in house manufactured alloys with a complimentary range of solder products for the industrial and electronic applications.
Investing in the future
Relocation and expansion of the Sheffield facility to a purpose built, future proofed site. A £10m investment with an area of 9 times that of the old facility.
William Rowland Acquires EF Westaway
William Rowland broadens its product offering and service by acquiring EF Westaway, a specialist in chemical finishing processes for metal components serving industries like aerospace and defense.