Keeping Heritage and Traditional Industries Alive
The Heritage of our Business stems from the industrial heartland of the midlands, “the black country”, Dave Spittle learned his trade at a steel rolling Mill called Woodstone Rolling Mills in the late 1980s. At the time this business was one of the very few remaining hand rolling mills of its kind situated in Wednesbury, producing over 40,000 tonnes of carbon and Alloy, Round, Square, Hexagon and flat bars.
At Brindley Metals Welshpool, we understand the need to keep at the forefront of new technology, but we can only do this by having an understanding our own industrial heritage.
“Metal bashing” and engineering made the UK what it is today, some of the most iconic land marks have been manufactured from metal, structures like the Iron Bridge in Shropshire to Antony Gormleys Angel of the North.
At Brindley Metals Welshpool we have a wealth of knowledge to draw upon to help our customers with their projects, by understanding processes such as Hot Rolling, Forging and Heat Treatment, it gives us a fundamental understanding of how metal works.
Here are a few examples of projects that we have supplied:-
Here is an example of some naval brass lettering we supplied for the opening of the Brunel Institute, a heritage museum based in Bristol where the SS Great Britain is located. Naval brass was selected, as this material has traditionally been used in marine environments due to its excellent corrosion resistance in sea and salt water applications. Generally we sell this metal to companies that manufacture items such as specialist gears and machined components.
These particular letters were supplied with a water-jet cut finish. A fitting tribute to Isambard Kingdom Brunel one of Great Britain’s Engineering pioneers.
The history of metals stems further back in time, and we now know the romans used metals in some of the settlements they inhabited, Brindley Metals Welshpool had an order to supply some copper plates to the Roman settlement at Wroxter in Shropshire, we supplied materials to a TV production company that employed a local specialist that manufactured a copper boiler. The building did form the focus for a channel 4 documentary called Roman Wasn’t Built in a day.
Our latest historical project is the supply of a bronze plate that is being manufactured into a sword by a specialist armourer based in Pinewood, we understand the project is the latest Ridley Scott Movie. We hope to be able to have pictures of the sword when the film is completed.