Barrett Steel Group has recently launched a website aimed at customers of its Tubes Division. The new website, www.barretttubes.com, complements the Group website, www.barrettsteel.com.
The on-line presence underscores the personal service familiar to Barrett Steel customers, focusing on the key strengths provided by the UK's largest independent steel stockholder. Ralph Robinson, Managing Director of the Tubes Division, explains the background to the new divisional website:
"The new website has been launched to offer a source of information about the division for customers nationwide. The Tubes Division offers a dedicated service to a wide range of industries, including agricultural, vehicular, yellow goods, architectural and offshore. It has a comprehensive stock range and specialist facilities such as laser cutting and profiling equipment. The division has the flexibility to deal with projects at the prototyping stage as well as providing an optimum service during volume production."
Formed in 1992 the Division supplies large structural hollow sections and stores extensive stocks of hot finished and cold formed hollow sections, precision ERW tubes and 1.4003 utility stainless steel. It includes the Barrett Offshore Tubes business, which was set up in 2012 to provide a dedicated and flexible service to the offshore market for oil, gas and renewable energy resources.
The Division's processing capability enables the company to provide value-added services such as sawing, ring rolling, tube bending, fast tapping, countersinking, shot blasting and priming. Over £440,000 has also been invested in tube manipulation equipment.
Technological capability includes a multi-million pound Jumbo laser cutting machine. The largest machine of its kind in the country it offers an alternative to traditional cutting methods in terms of speed, consistency, precision and cost effectiveness.
The Barrett Offshore Tubes service centre in Scunthorpe houses one of the Division's tube laser profiling machines, part of a £1.6M investment, used for the storage and distribution of hot formed and seamless material. Stocked grades comprise G13+N, G15+N and API X52, in addition to S355J2H to cater for the needs of offshore fabricators.
In-house capabilities also include expertise in laser profiling large circular hollow sections, such as scalloping and weld preparations.