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A brief history of the Firsteel site

Firsteel was founded in 1957 as an independently owned multi metals company. The company was the first in the UK to develop a continuously operated coil coating line. This technology has been further developed over subsequent years on the site to achieve market leading coated products supplied to every corner of the globe.

The business, as part of the Lonrho Group in the 1970’s, was originally known as Coated Strip Ltd and became known as Firsteel Coated Strip Ltd in the mid 1980’s. In 1997 Firsteel was acquired by British Steel, which subsequently became Corus following British Steel’s merger with the Dutch steel maker Hoogovens. Tata Steel acquired Corus in 2007 and the business remained part of the Tata Steel Group until July 2019. In July 2019 Firsteel Ltd was acquired by William King Ltd

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The Firsteel business was a global pioneer in the development of continuously coated ‘non-Stick’ products supplied into the bakeware sector. In addition, Firsteel was the first UK company to develop adhesive bonded systems and retains its market leading position to this day.

Firsteel’s well-earned reputation in the industry assures experience and expertise in pre-finished metal technology.


Firsteel's capabilities extend further with investment in slitting, blanking and traverse winding. Comprehensive research and testing facilities on site ensure rapid product development, allowing customers to capitalise on new business opportunities quickly.

Dimensional capabilities:

Coated material is available in coils ranging from 200mm to 600mm wide, up to 3 tonnes maximum. Gauges from 0.20mm up to 1.4mm can be supplied as coated coil or slit to widths as narrow as 10mm wide.

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