Products and Services

Products Summary

Steel is one of the most widely-used materials in industry, and the steel BWS Carlisle supplies is consumed in all sectors of the economy. It is most frequently supplied to companies operating in the following industries:

  • Construction
  • Fabrication
  • Oil and Offshore
  • Vehicle manufacture
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Fencing
  • General manufacturing
At BWS Carlisle we carry one of the most comprehensive and complete ranges of carbon steel products in Scotland and North West England. We can supply, from stock, all types of
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Joists
  • Hollow Sections
  • Light Sections
  • Angles
  • Bars
  • Plate and Sheet
  • Gratings
  • Purlins
in all the common grades and specifications; all products can be cut or profiled to order, as well as being shotblasted and primed. In addition, our purchasing expertise enables us to source specialist materials both from within the UK and from many countries throughout the world.

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Hollow Sections

BWS Carlisle offers a comprehensive range of structural hollow sections and is one of the leading stockists and distributors of high quality hot finished and cold formed hollow sections in Northern Britain. Hot finished sections are supplied in accordance with EN10210 and cold form in accordance with EN10219.

Both hot finished and cold formed hollow sections are available in a vast range of circular, square and rectangular sections in grades S275J2H and S355J2H (previously grades 43D and 50D). Other grades, sizes and specifications are available on special order using BWS Carlisle's extensive network of supply partnerships.

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Structural Sections

BWS Carlisle has an unrivalled stock range of structural sections in Scotland and North West England and the North. With a history of supplying these products stretching back to the early twentieth century, BWS Carlisle's expertise in this area is unmatched.
BWS Carlisle's structural sections range comprises:

  • beams
  • joists
  • columns
  • angles
  • channels
in three principal grades in accordance with EN10025: S275 JR (formerly 43B); S355 JR (50B); S355 J2G3 (50D). We can also source many other grades for specific applications. We offer a large range of purlins. Because many structural applications require special sizes, weights and/or lengths, the ability of the stockholder to obtain special mill rollings and to process sections to exact lengths with straight or mitre cuts is crucial. If required we can split universal sections into T's and can castellate and camberate these sections.

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High Yield Sections

High yield steel is being increasingly specified for new buildings, alongside its established role as the mainstream product for oil industry, fabrications and offshore structures. BWS Carlisle is one of the few stockholders to offer a comprehensive range of high yield sections and plate in Northern Britain. Combined with our frequent delivery schedule to all parts of the country and our processing and shotblasting capabilities, it is not surprising that customers are delighted that they have in BWS Carlisle a competative supplier of high yield sections.
The ex-stock range comprises

  • beams
  • columns
  • channels
  • angles
  • plates
in various of the EN10025 S355 grades. Any other special grades or sizes are available to order.

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Flat Products

BWS Carlisle carries a wide range of plates and sheets covering a multitude of end-uses. From structural plates over 50mm thick down to individual 0.6mm sheets, we can satisfy all requirements.
Our product range comprises:

  • Structural plates in accordance with EN 10025 in grades S275 and S355 J2G4 (previously 43A and 50D) are held in stock; other grades can be sourced to order. A variety of different sizes are available - indeed we can cut any plate to your precise requirements.
  • Floor plates in both commercial quality and to EN 10025 grade S275 (43A), again in various sizes or cut to your exact requirements.
  • Hot rolled sheets in BS1449 grade HR4 up to 2.5mm thick are stocked in standard sizes and can be guillotined to order.
  • Cold reduced sheets in EN 10130 grade CR4 up to 3mm thick are stocked in standard sizes and can be guillotined to order.
  • Galvanised sheets (to BS2989) up to 3mm are likewise stocked in standard sizes and can be guillotined to order.

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Merchant Bar

BWS Carlisle has decades of experience in supplying merchant bar to engineering, fabrication and manufacturing businesses throughout Scotland and North West England. Whilst re-rolled sections are used where the strength of structural sections is not demanded, product quality remains at the forefront of customers' requirements. BWS Carlisle combines a quality service with quality products to produce unbeatable reliability.
BWS Carlisle stocks a complete range of

  • angles
  • channels
  • flat bars
  • round and square bars
  • tees
in mild steel, all of which are available on next-day delivery. We are delighted to source particular requirements for our customers whether or not we usually carry the items in our warehouse.

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Bright and Black Bar

BWS Carlisle offers a wide range of bright and black steel bars used in a multitude of general engineering and oil industry applications. A full cut-to-length service is offered and the delivery promise is the best in Northern Britain. Bright and black steel bars are demanded in all sorts of grades and sizes. All common sizes and grades are held in stock, and all other requirements can normally be sourced within customers’ normal lead times. BWS Carlisle is backed by regular deliveries from UK and European mills and suppliers. BWS Carlisle’s specialist cutting and processing facility at West Pitkerro, Dundee is the most modern in Northern Britain and bars can be cut to customers’ own specific requirements. No request is too small or too large for us to handle. Unlike many bar stockholders, BWS Carlisle has a large delivery fleet and is able to deliver to most areas on a daily basis. As a result, most companies find that BWS Carlisle rapidly becomes their preferred supplier of Just-in-Time materials.

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Services Summary

With more and more industries now having to operate in supply-chains with ever shorter lead times, the ability of a supplier to provide value-added services in addition to the raw material itself has become more crucial. BWS Carlisle has recognised this business trend and has invested in cutting, drilling, profiling and other equipment which enables us to respond quickly to customers' requirements both in terms of the service itself and the delivery deadline.

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Cut to Length

At BWS Carlisle we can cut or profile, to very close tolerances, all of the products we supply, whether it be single cut requirement or a full members list for a new building.

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BWS Carlisle is the only stockholder in Scotland and North West England with in-house drilling facilities for structural sections.
Installed in 2008, our state of the art cut-and-drill line has already proved really popular with fabrication customers. We take the output from your design/drawing package, such as Strucad, and produce cut, drilled sections ready for fabrication at your premises, with a minimum of human intervention.
Combined with BWS Carlisle's reputation for quality and service, this cut-and-drill facility is really special. Now more than ever, we are the one stop Steel Specialist.

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BWS Carlisle is able to profile plate up to 100mm thick and in a multitude of shapes and quantities. We have in-house plasma profiling facilities with 'true role' technology.

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Shot Blasting

Many engineering/fabrication applications now demand that the steel is shotblasted and primed prior to manufacture; similarly, many fabrications require this treatment prior to erection or installation. BWS Carlisle's experience in this area is unrivalled in Scotland and North West England.

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