In a week’s time, Bird Stainless will be manning a stand for the first time at the Seawork exhibition taking place in Southampton from the 11th to the 13th June. Seawork is the largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition in Europe. The exhibition itself attracts over 610 exhibitors and 7600 visitors from all over the world. Trade shows are an expensive investment, so why have we chosen to do this?

First of all, we have products that this market needs. It is widely known that a marine setting is a very demanding environment, and materials used here need to be able to withstand some extremely harsh conditions. The concentration of chloride in seawater can cause corrosion in various different materials, and so resistance to the corrosive environment is key. Stainless steel has a long history of use in the marine arena, and we have an extensive stockholding in the most appropriate grades:  F51 – 316L –  304L – 321 – 420 – 431 – ASTM A564 Type 630 H1150D – 1.4418.

On top of being able to supply what this market wants, we are also very proud to take our place in the supply chain and provide our marine customers with stainless steel when they want it, and also how they want it. We take market demands very seriously and so carry an extensive range of grades and sizes in stock so that we can ensure a market leading delivery standard. We can also arrange 3rd Party inspections by all of the leading marine approval bodies prior to dispatch in order to save you time on your side.

That does not mean however that Bird Stainless will just take bar off the shelf and put it on a lorry, far from it! Our in-house grinding and finishing machines can provide the tolerance and finish that our customers need for their manufacturing operations, and our capability to provide quality Precision Ground Shafts is what appeals to the marine market in particular. Our grades of stainless steels are suitable for manufacture in a wide range of marine end uses,however it is our ability to provide long Precision-Ground bar that makes us a particularly good partner to the propeller shaft industry.

So if you’re planning on visiting Seawork 2019, and you have stainless steel requirements,, then come and talk to us.While you’re there ask Harry and Nick about the lengths we had to go to to get the longest bar that we’d ever seen into our warehouse! It’s a great story!

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