Cover story December 2008: TW Metals group
Supplying aerospace and commercial markets worldwide

Stainless Steel Focus Editor Richard Clark recently visited the impressive TW Metals distribution and processing facility in Southampton, UK, where he had the opportunity to meet up with Gail Thomas, managing director of international operations at TW Metals, as well as managing director of subsidiary Philip Cornes, and their respective subsidiaries in France, Poland, India, Singapore, and China. Thomas, who is clearly passionate about the areas in which TW Metals and Philip Cornes specialise, which cover both aerospace and ?commercial?, stainless and nickel alloys, gave us a deeper insight into these two well-known companies. Thomas joined Tubesales, now TW, in 1978, and after a period in the USA, moved back to the UK in 2004. Since her return, the company?s international operations have experienced solid growth, and market share has continued to increase. She has now been managing director for three years. .

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Cover story November 2008: Tad Metals
The high quality processor and distributor of stainless steel
flat products and tubes in Italy, Europe and the Middle East

Tad Metals is an international distribution and service network dedicated to the processing of stainless steel as well as carbon steel and non-ferrous metals. The company's operations encompass various product markets thanks to its three strategic operative lines in Italy, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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Cover story October 2008: Schmolz + Bickenbach group
Special steel solutions from a single source

The Schmolz + Bickenbach group has, as a result of its rather unusual company strategy, over the past few years taken the lead among special steel suppliers. With its production, processing and distribution divisions, this steel group today covers the whole value added chain.

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Cover story September 2008: Centravis
Alliance of Centravis and Handy & Harman Tube Company

In July 2008, Centravis (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine), an international holding and one of the world?s largest producers of seamless stainless steel tubes and pipes, announced its strategic partnership with Handy & Harman Tube Company (Camdel, USA), the world-class producer of hi-tech products from stainless tubes. Centravis thereby became a principal supplier of mother tubes for Handy & Harman Tube Company.

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Cover story August 2008: Combilift Ltd
A solution with substantial benefits for Abbey Stainless Steels

Ireland’s Combilift, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is credited with revolutionising the handling of long loads. The company has experienced exceptional growth during its relatively short history, with more than 8,000 Combilifts now in operation worldwide. Abbey Stainless Steels is an example of a company that has benefited substantially from opting for the Combilift handling solution.

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Cover story July 2008: Voss Edelstahlhandel GmbH & Co KG
Exclusively supplying stockists and traders

With its own warehouses, a polishing centre for stainless steel and reliable deliveries throughout Europe, this German company with a reputation for quality sets the highest standards in the metal industry. Now also in aluminium. In order to meet the growing demand for stainless steel long products in special grades, Voss has considerably extended its programme of grades for bars. Stocks of beams have also been extended in a broad range of dimensions and grades. As well as with stainless steel products, Voss has also since recently been supplying its customers with aluminium standard FLUTZ profiles. Each of the company's eight warehouses strategically located throughout Europe (Hamburg, Essen, Stuttgart, Vienna, Lyons, Nantes, Birmingham and the Czech Republic) holds the full product range in stock. Inventories include over 3,500 dimensions in stainless steel, and more than 500 dimensions in the recently added aluminium range.

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Cover story June 2008: Heavy Metal & Tubes Ltd
A manufacturer of quality tubes from India

Heavy Metal & Tubes Ltd is today one of the leading producers of stainless steel, carbon steel, and alloy steel tubes in India. The company has experienced strong growth in recent years and last year saw sales increase by 50% to US$65m. Exports have risen particularly sharply and now account for 40% of turnover.

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Cover story May 2008: UKF Stainless Ltd
Leading supplier of stainless exhaust and other tubes

UKF Stainless Ltd, established in 1992, is a major UK stockist and supplier of welded stainless steel tube, stainless steel exhaust tube, stainless steel sheet and bar, and other products used in the automotive, decorative, dairy, water, marine, fabrication and petrochemical industries. Located in the Midlands, near the intersection of the M5 and M42, the company’s Bromsgrove warehouse is ideally situated to provide fast nationwide delivery, with its own specially designed fleet of HGV vehicles contributing towards meeting JIT delivery requirements. The company is certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2000.

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Cover story April 2008: Saritas Stainless Steel Service Centre
The largest stockist of stainless flat in E. Europe and the Middle East

Saritas Celik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. was established in 1957 by Huseyin Saritas. Initially the company dealt with any kind of metals. But since 1970, the company has focused on stainless steel, and in 1997 Saritas invested in the biggest stainless steel service centre in the area - an area which covers both Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Saritas is now run by the second generation of the family, with Ercument Saritas as ceo, and Selcuk Saritas as general manager.

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Cover story March 2008: Viraj
Providing stainless steel engineering products

In 1992, Viraj started manufacturing stainless steel in the state promoted industrial area of Tarapur. It bought a sick unit and revived the induction furnace and its eroded market share. Initially the focus was on the local stainless steel market, but the vision had always been to sell internationally. The company got its assets and productivity in line, making more grades of stainless steel and mastering the process of making stainless steel through the scrap process. “The initial years were tough. I took over the task of creating customer channels. On the global level, there are stockists and contractors who float the major enquiries. They have the rights and the approvals. Price was the only deciding factor”, says Mr. Neeraj Kochhar, co-founder and the chairman of the Viraj Group of companies. “We had to increase our production capacity to spread the fixed cost over a larger turnover.”

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Cover story February 2008: Schenk Stahl GmbH
Specialist for heat resistant tubes

Anyone talking about heat resistant materials in many different shapes and forms, means Schenk. Because it is well known that Schenk Stahl GmbH can supply, with very short delivery times, whenever it is a question of meeting requirements for anything to do with heat resistance. In this respect, the company can rely on its employees, who have more than 40 years experience in the stainless steel tube industry.

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Cover story January 2008: Danieli & C. SpA
From ore to long and flatfinished product processing, and turnkey plants

Danieli & C. SpA, with its headquarters in Buttrio, Udine, Italy, and with subsidiaries and offices throughout the world, has historically been associated with the supply of equipment for the production of long products. Over the years, however, the range of equipment available from the company has evolved continuously, and now covers the whole technology spectrum from ore processing, to flat and long steel finished product processing, and complete turnkey plants.

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