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Specifying hard metals for a building project can be prohibitively expensive.  Obtaining zinc, for example, for building projects has always been influenced by the supply of zinc sheeting, normally in 100kg coils.  With a product costing thousands of pounds a tonne, a 100kg coil is expensive, and if for example only 110kg is needed for a project there could be significant waste.

SIG Zinc & Copper has been aware of this issue for some time and a cost saving solution is at hand as parent company SIG plc has invested £1/2 million in a new de-coiler machine, the only one in the UK.

Watch the video above to see the new de-coiler machine in action.

Benefits of UK metal fabrication

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 Fabricating metal roofing and cladding in the UK to precise needs has benefits for all the supply chain:

  • Clients – don’t have to pay for metals they don’t need, and can support UK industry at the same time;
  • Architects – can use hard metals on their projects in the way they want more easily;
  • Roofing Contractors – you can price for the product the client wants, and don’t have to hold expensive stock; and
  • Main Contractors – will find it easier to compete for contracts using metals, with the savings UK fabrication delivers.

Our new metals fabrication service – reducing waste, saving money

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SIG have partnered with established zinc manufacturer NedZink, metal handling expert Steadman & Sons and fabricator Metal Solutions to provide titanium zinc products fabricated in the UK to specific requirements – any coil size your project needs, no over-supply and no waste. The zinc is manufactured in the Netherlands, fabricated in the UK and delivered through the SIG plc national supply chain.

As always SIG Zinc & Copper will provide a complete impartial design and supply service, from determining performance criteria and the ideal solution through technical design and detailing, specification, material supply and guaranteed installation by FTMRC approved contractors.

Products and systems available include

  • Roofing and façade panels;
  • Coils and strips at bespoke sizes (from 50mm up to 1250mm wide);
  • Bespoke zinc sheets, (100mm to 3000mm);
  • Shingles;
  • Guttering systems; and
  • Specialist architectural fabrications; and
  • Hired work undertaken, for example if you need your own material slit down.


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