On Alloy Wire’s exhibition stand at this year’s Valve World in Dusseldorf, Germany were Stephen Olley and Angus Hogarth from the company’s headquarters in the U.K., plus Steve Parton, Michael Sonntag and Eva Lorenz from the company’s offices for Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland.
The visitor attendance to the event was over 12000 and the comment from the many meetings held on the Alloy Wire stand was that the year 2017 may well see an upturn in the oil and gas sector.
“AWI has had a fantastic year in 2016 said Stephen Olley (Sales Executive), which is excellent when so many sectors are “going steady”,and we are in a great position to be able to respond quickly to any upsurge because we carry such a very large amount of stock. Having the stock is not enough though; our very efficient wire processing structure enables us to manufacture this stock into a customer’s order specification within 2 weeks, continued Stephen”
The exhibition was another success for Alloy Wire, where they had many meetings with long standing customers and potential new ones, from countries as local as Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia….to further afield like China, India….
Thanks to everyone who came to see us!
AWI is receiving record demand for high quality stainless steel that is of European origin and/or DFARS compliant.
The company offers a selection of 18 different grades and these are all available in special diameter tolerances, special tensile strength ranges, special surface finishes and special packaging.
Interest has come from customers in a range of sectors, including aerospace, nuclear, marine and petrochemical, with many citing the firm’s AS9100 accreditation and its on-time delivery record as key reasons for the enquiry.
“Manufacturing quality, delivering reliability is one of our founding principles and one that still rings true today with our global customer base,” commented Natalie Baker (Sales Executive).
“We have an extensive range of stainless steel grades and our stock levels mean we can provide it in any quantity from ¼ kg to 50kg in just two weeks. Our manufacturing capability is equally as impressive and we are more than happy to produce wire as small as 0.025mm (that’s 2 times smaller than a human hair) and as large as 21mm. Applications can be as diverse as ‘Locking’ wire for aircraft engines to stainless steel wire for cutting honeycomb from a beehive.
“In addition, if you are manufacturing machined components and don’t want your wire on spools or in coils, we can provide your stainless steel in straight bars.”
The below stainless steel grades are manufactured in round wire, flat wire and profile/shaped wire and delivered via express air courier all over the world. AWI’s service is so special that, for example, material can be in a customer’s factory anywhere in North America within 2 days of shipping!
|Stainless Grade||W. Nr||UNS||AWS||AMS||ASTM||BS||ISO||OTHER|
|15156-3*||DIN EN 10270-3
DIN EN 10151
|DIN EN 10270-3
DIN EN 10151
|15156-3*||DIN EN 10270-3
DIN EN 10151
|316 Ti||1.4571||S31635||168||A240||EN 10088-3||15156-3*|
|DTD 189A||164||5689||DTD 189A|
|Duplex||1.4462||S31803||167||A479||15156-3*||DIN EN 10270-3|
|15156-3*||DIN EN 2399|
|Alloy 20 CB 3||2.4660||N08020||130||B473||15156-3*|
* NACE MR 0175
+ Composition D
Significant investment by AWI in new machinery has given it the capacity to increase the size of the flat and shaped profiles it can now manufacture in more than 60 different alloys.
The installation of a custom-built production line makes it possible for the company to offer its customers access to wider and thinner or bigger cross-section profile (up to 100mm2), as well as offering them the chance to purchase in quantities ranging from as small as 10 metres to as large as 1000kg. Better still, this can be delivered within 4 weeks to any client, in any country.
“We are continually talking to our customers and finding out what would make their life easier,” explained Angus Hogarth, Sales Director at AWI.
“One of the main points they kept coming back on was being able to buy flat and shaped profiles in a wider variety of sizes, especially in bigger profiles. We listened and decided to commission a bespoke machine that could deliver just that and we’re already seeing significant orders placed that we perhaps would not have won before.”
He added: “This new profile equipment means we can also give customers larger and heavier reels/spools – up to 250Kg. We can even switch from spools/reels to the alternative packaging form of ‘Pancake’ coils for flat profiles.”
The dimensions achievable on the new finished profile range are dependent on the alloy and the width to thickness ratio of the flat or shaped profile.
Some example sizes, include:
- 16 x 0.7mm
- 13 x 1.6mm
- 6 x 0.2mm
- 400 x 0.250”
- 10 x 0.35mm
- 18 x 0.5mm
- 0 x 5.08mm
- 15 x 0.4mm
AWI’s range of materials is growing by the month and it currently has more than 60 available to choose from.
If it’s a flat or shaped profile that needs to survive very corrosive conditions there is the Hastelloy alloy range, the cobalt alloys ‘Phynox’ and ‘MP35N’. On the other hand, if your wire is going to be used in a high temperature component, the Inconel range, Incoloy or Nimonic alloys might be the preferred choice.
For less severe environments, but equally critical applications, other materials like AWI’s range of 18 stainless steel grades are available and all governed by AMS, ASTM and ISO 9001 standards.
Angus concluded: “Quality is crucial to everything we do and our technical and inspection departments ensure our clients receive the very best product. In order to keep up with enquiries from the aerospace and defence sector, we have also secured the AS9100 accreditation.
“Our profiles are used for aircraft engine retaining rings to architectural grills, whilst some of our spring making customers use our wider flat wire for stamping out parts”.
From all the team at Alloy Wire International, we wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving 2016!
From the team at Alloy Wire International, we wish everyone a happy Diwali!
AWI was very well positioned at this year’s CASMI Spring World Show, with many spring makers and engineers stopping to talk with Michelle Nichols (N. America), Stephen Olley (UK) and Angus Hogarth (UK) about High Performance nickel alloy wire for their spring designs.
Visiting customers were all smiles, complimenting AWI on great performing wire and their reliable delivery. The importance of this was emphasised repeatedly, adding significant value to AWI as a supplier. So, ALL positive at Spring World 2016 for AWI!
Alloy Wire International (AWI) enjoyed its most successful Farnborough Airshow yet, receiving over 150 visitors during the show.
These included a number of existing clients and, importantly, a large number of potential new customers who were impressed with the AWI’s lead times and range of 50 nickel ‘High Performance’ alloys.
Eight technical experts from AWI were on hand to talk to visitors about their requirements with specific interest from fastener firms supplying the aerospace sector and companies involved in space exploration.
Angus Hogarth, Sales Director, commented: “This is the third time we have exhibited at the Farnborough Airshow and by far the best ever…being part of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance’s Pavilion definitely resulted in an increase in footfall.
“Visitors were keen to discuss how our nickel alloys could be used in high temperature environments and how we were able to supply in a matter of weeks and in a range of extended sizes.”
He continued: “Our sales team now have the task of building on these initial meetings and ensuring long term business relationships ensue.”
2016 is a big year for Alloy Wire International, who is celebrating 70 years of manufacturing precision, drawn, flat and shaped wire.