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Discover our all new 'toll' service offering

April 5th 2020

We offer a range of Refined Metals, Revert Alloys, Metals Powders and Alloys & Solders, operating from two facilities in the UK, one in Tankersley on the border between Sheffield and Barnsley and the other in the West Midlands. Following the relocation and expansion in Q1 2020, we are now offering a range of ‘toll’ services, some at both locations. Below are some of the processes on offer at this time, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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William Rowland's new head office and greater facilities in Barnsley

March 9th 2020

You can find us in our new lovely premises in Barnsley! We are pleased to announce that the relocation has now taken place following a phased relocation of equipment and most recently employees.  WR is therefore now operating from the new facilities and your usual contacts and contact information remain unchanged apart from the address.

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William Rowland Acquires EF Westaway

February 12th 2020

William Rowland (WR) today acquired EF Westaway (Westaways), Sheffield, UK bringing two companies with strong heritage together. The combined businesses become stronger in serving castings and forgings companies with a broader array of products and services.

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William Rowland invest in £10m expansion programme and relocation to Enterprise 36, Barnsley

March 13th 2019

William Rowland has signed an agreement with Barmston Developments, a joint venture between Wilton Developments and Clugston Estates to acquire land and build a state of the art new manufacturing facility at Enterprise 36 in Barnsley. This will involve relocation from the company’s current Meadow Street, Sheffield premises to a new 6.5-acre site close to Junction 36 of the M1 within the Sheffield City Region.

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Mixing Alloys for Jewellery Making

August 12th 2019

Do you know what metals you are wearing?

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Spotlight on Tin and its Uses

August 5th 2019

Tin is a soft, pliable metal, with many useful applications. It is usually extracted from cassiterite, a mineral most commonly mined in the 'tin belt' region of China, Indonesia, and Thailand. While it's most widely known use is as a coating for steel cans (something its non-corrosive properties make it particularly suited to), tin can be used in a broad range of commercial and industrial contexts.

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Did You Know You Can Now Buy Our Alloys and High Purity Metals Online?

February 5th 2019

At William Rowland, we have been providing our customers around the world with the very best in high purity metal, alloys, powders, foundry additives and more for over 180 years, making us one of the oldest metal trading companies in the world today.We have an extensive selection of metals and related products, suitable for various industries. Here are just a few of them:

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Using Low Melting Point Alloys for Casting

November 27th 2018

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.

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What is ferrous metal?

May 3rd 2018

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.

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Antimony Metal - What you need to know

February 15th 2018

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 cooling. Antimony has been known since ancient times. It is sometimes found free in nature, but is usually obtained from the ores stibnite (Sb2S3) and valentinite (Sb2O3). Nicolas Lémery, a French chemist, was the first person to scientifically study antimony and its compounds. He published his findings in 1707. Antimony makes up about 0.00002% of the earth's crust.

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What are Christmas baubles made of?

December 20th 2017

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 the glass expanded to fill the shape of the mold. Although the molds used today vary wildly in shape and size, the original ones tended to be fruits or nuts.

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Surgical Metals

December 12th 2017

The most commonly used metals in surgery are surgical stainless steel and titanium. Surgical stainless steel is a term used to label particular grades of stainless steel that are commonly used in biomedical appliances. The most common forms are austenitic 316 stainless steel and martensitic 440 and 420 stainless steels and whilst there is no certain definition of what constitutes surgical stainless steel, manufacturers generally recognise this to be any grade of corrosion resistant steel.

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What does being a scrap metal dealer entail?

December 5th 2017

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.

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November 6th 2017

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.

Where is all the gold?

October 25th 2017

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.

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The most powerful magnet in the world

October 15th 2017

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).

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Asteroid Mining

October 6th 2017

Asteroid mining is the removal of raw materials from an asteroid. It is not something that has yet been accomplished, but there have been many proposals and theories on how this could become possible and there are several companies in existence dedicated to this purpose, including Deep Space Industries and Kepler Energy and Space Engineering.

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Recycled metals What do we use them for?

September 26th 2017

In the society of today, recycling is more prevalent than ever. We are encouraged to recycle whenever we can, but what happens to the things we do recycle? Where do they end up?

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The History of Metal in Sheffield

September 15th 2017

The city of Sheffield is well known for steel manufacturing and metallurgy. From the 18th century onwards it was quickly established as one of the main industrial cities in the UK, although it was recognised for the manufacture of knives as early as the 14th century with a notable mention from Chaucuer in The Reeve’s Tale.

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Casting Metals

September 7th 2017

‘Casting’ is a process used in metalworking where a metal in liquid form is poured into a mould and allowed to cool in the cavity to form a specific shape. It is a commonly used process for making complex shapes as the use of the mould allows for great detail and it is more economical than other processes might be. Once the metal has solidified it is removed from the mould and is known as a casting. Items commonly produced by casting include pieces of jewellery, sculptures, tools and some weapons.

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