Stock Services to drive 3000 miles in £500 banger in aid of baby charity Tommy’s.

Stock Services have joined forces with RS Motors and Rippedbody to enter Europe’s biggest banger rally to raise money for pregnancy and baby charity Tommy’s. Team RS Motors will be taking on the 3000 mile Scumrun from Thursday 8 May in a bid to raise £3500 for the charity.

What is the Scumrun?

The Scumrun will see 100 teams drive across Europe for four days, navigating to secret locations only revealed to them on the day. The rules of the challenge include picking up a car (or shed) for no more than £500, and adapting it to get it road-ready for the 3000 mile journey.

Team RS Motors is made up of school friends Peter Comerford and Andrew Morgan and a pair of  car body shop owners Todd Waterfield and Richard Smith. The team will be driving a 10 year old Renault Laguna that has sat stationary and steadily rotting for the last 4 years. The team have changed the cam belt, water pumps, brakes, tyres, had the car serviced, MOT’d and most importantly CLEANED.

We have been raising money by offering business’ who sponsor us between £100-250 space on our vehicle to place their company advertising. This has been very successful, and we have already raised over £2700 at the time of writing this article.We will be having all company logo’s professionally added by to the vehicle courtesy of Nadeem Cheema’s company Vision Media, who are kindly waiving their fees to help us raise even more money for Tommy’s.

As well as the business donations, we are also looking for personal donations, so please feel free to donate here. It is all for a great cause and we will add plenty of images via our twitter accounts (see below) so do add us.

Scumrun charity image - Stock Services

The Stock Services Scumrun Chariot – The Mighty Renault Laguna!

Who are Tommy’s, and what do they do?

Tommy’s funds medical research into premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage, as well as providing support and advice for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Every year, 1 in 4 parents in the UK will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth, and 60,000 babies are born prematurely. The charity is hoping that Scumrun teams will together raise £100,000 towards helping save babies’ lives.

Peter Comerford of Stock Services said:

“I’m looking forward to the adventure, which, despite the obvious breakdowns and mishaps, I hope will be a lot of fun. It’s for a great cause and I’m looking for as much sponsorship as possible”.

Todd Waterfield, Operations Manager of RS Motors said:

“I’ll be surprised if we even make it from Birmingham to the ferry in this old heap, I’ve just renewed my European breakdown cover and I’m sure it’ll come in handy. We are really chuffed that we can raise so much money to help support families all over the country and try and save babies’ lives.”

How do I donate?

To donate to Team RS Motors, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/rsmotors-stockservices-rippedbody all personal donations large and small are welcome.

To follow our progress please add us on twitter using the below details

https://twitter.com/Stock_Services
https://twitter.com/RSMotors1
https://twitter.com/RippedBodyjp

Thank you for reading!

 

 

The end of a legend!

After a paltry 50 years in the industry Pete Hill has finally called it a day!

Starting out his career in 1963 at Spartan Steels as a trainee metallurgist Peter went on to qualify as Associate of Institute of Metallurgy.

Having qualified as a metallurgist in 1975 he immediately took a job as a salesman for RGB (Then R G Brown), working under the draconian management regime of our own lovable Chris Price. Not a marriage made in heaven.

As it soon became apparent that Peter was far too nice to sell to anyone and should have stayed in metallurgy a very wise decision was made to transfer his technical skills into setting up a very efficient QA department.

In 1993 he was on the move again. This time to Avesta Stainless working as QA manager within the newly set up projects department run by yours truly. (Well I had to find someone to sort out all of those data books required by the contractors). Pete took to it like a duck to rock climbing!

We had many a great time travelling around Europe carrying out supplier Kick off project meetings and getting royally pissed at every opportunity. (Boy can this guy drink!!)

His next move was in 2004 to Metalfin as their new QA manager, taking full responsibility for the group quality control in tubular and flat products.

Pete Hill at Stock Services

Fortunately for the health of the industry Pete decided that work was getting in the way of his two great loves, drinking and regular cruising around the world with his wife, the lovely Jane, so in 2007 he decided to go part time as QA consultant to Stock Services. A job he has carried out with great commitment and the necessary patience to cope with our quirky way of doing things.

His last role for us was to amazingly manoeuvre us through our latest Lloyds audit, a herculean feat!

I am sure, like us here at Stock Services everyone who has had the great privilege of working with Peter will want to wish him all the very best for the future.

In honour of his great services we have awarded him the honorary position of first on list at all future company evenings (piss ups)

If anyone would like to send him any wishes you can do so by posting a comment on this blog

Image of Pete Hill - stock services QA 2007-2014

Pete Hill – The ‘last free cup’ of Stock Services tea in hand!

It’s getting tight at the top!

With only a few game weeks to go in the annual Stock Services fantasy league, it is getting very tight at the top of the table.

As of 24th March 2014 James Street of Midsteel has taken a 1 point lead ahead of last years bottom placed finisher Andrew Charlesworth of Berkeley Stainless and 2010-2011 winner John Smith of ASD. Still within touching distance is 2011-2012 & 2012-2013 winner Norman Lester of HPF Energy Services.

Very close behind the lead four are a number of others including YSL’s Tony Smith and SPI’s Matt Stapleton. Good luck to all in the run in to the season!

Last years fantasy league winner Norman Lester, and guests including Flow Technology, T Allen and Alexander Comley joined us at the races on the 14th March 2014. We had a great day out in the sunshine at Cheltenham racecourse with plenty of winners and places alike. We wish the challengers for this years title good luck.

For information on our competition check out our blog page here.

Image of 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup racecourse - 10 minutes to the off!

2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup – 10 minutes to the off!

 

New products in stock – PN16 EN Flanges

PN16 flanges are now in stock at Stock Services UK. A full range of Slip on and Blind EN1092-1 flanges in grades 304/L and 316/L are shown here on our website. Try us out for all your enquiries.

Remember also, that we carry a full range of ASTM flanges.

We also can quickly manufacture and freight large ASA and EN flanges directly from our mills in China on short lead times of 15/25 days. This can often save you both time and cost, so please send us your enquiries for all large stainless steel flanges to sales@stockservices.co.uk.

 

Thanks for reading, good luck to the competition entrants, and keep those flange enquiries flooding in 🙂

New Stock Arrives

We have mentioned it on a number of occasions, but our first batch of PN16 Flanges has arrived into our UK stock.

As requested by a number of our customers we have put in Slip on and Blind PN16 flanges in both grades 304/304L and 316/316L. Our range begins at 1/2 NB and runs through to 8 NB.

As with all our products, you can view our full range on our website http://www.stockservices.co.uk and request a quotations online. We also have the ability to manufacture and airfreight all types of flanges including PN16 (PN16 are now superseded by EN1092-1) up to and including 60 NB in our standard range. We can offer special flanges up to 160 NB (approximately 13ft) and up to 4 Metric Tonnes on quick lead times of between 10-25 days ex mill in a variety of grades.

To see our range of 304/304L PN Flanges click here.

To see our range of 316/316L PN Flanges click here.

The last box of PN16 Flanges goes into stock!

The last box of PN16 Flanges goes into stock!

Charity fundraiser – The 2014 Scumrun

Stock Services along with RS Motors and Rippedbody will be taking part in the 2014 Scumrun. To donate please click here, or for more details see our charity page which includes details of the event, how to follow our progress, and most importantly how you can donate to the charity Tommy’s. Tommy’s do excellent work researching and providing free information about the problems related to pregnancy and child birth.

The Stock Services Scumrun Chariot - The Laguna

The Stock Services Scumrun Chariot – The Laguna

Coming soon – Welded butt weld fittings!

We will soon be taking delivery of our initial stock of stainless steel WELDED butt weld fittings. After selling solely SEAMLESS butt weld fittings since 2008 we have decided that to compliment our growth into the ASA and EN Flange markets, we need to stock welded fittings. Our range will include 90 Long Radius Elbows, Equal Tees and Concentric Reducers from 1 NB up to and including 8 NB in grades 304/L and 316/L.

We will continue to sell only to UK Traders and Stockists, so you can be confident that we will not sell directly to YOUR CUSTOMERS.

 

Congratulations Arnold

As revealed in our last blog post, Arnold Pol of Arcus in Dordrecht Holland was our spot the ball winner at the recent SSW2013 exhibition in Maastricht. An article has been published in Stainless Steel World Magazine, and will feature in the February 2014 edition.

For those that took part and did not win, I hope you were not too disappointed, but you may at least take some comfort that Arnold was thrilled with his victory. The bat is now residing on a wall in his home, and is the envy of all his friends and family 🙂

I have attached an image below of Arnold and myself with the aforementioned prize.

Image of Arnold Pol form Arcus - Spot the ball winner - Stock Services

Arnold Pol of Arcus – Winner of the Stock Services ‘spot the cricket ball’ competition

We plan to run another competition later in the year so please sign up to our mailing list here to be the first to know.

Stainless Steel Flanges

We have now taken delivery of our first batch of Weld Neck Flanges in grades 304/304L and 316/316L.

All our stock is shown live on our website so feel free to take a look. Click here for stock of 304/304L Weld Neck Flanges and for our 316/316L Weld Neck stock levels click here. Our website is updated every day so please bookmark our site www.stockservices.co.uk and check our stock as you receive your enquiries.

You can also request your quotations directly off of the website, so take a look at our full stock range which includes slip on and blind flanges as well as a full range of seamless butt weld fittings.

Coming Soon – PN Flanges and Welded Fittings

We mentioned in our last post that we will soon be stocking PN16 flanges (EN1092-1). In addition to this we will be purchasing initial stocks of Welded Butt Weld Pipe Fittings very soon, so keep checking back on the website for more details.

Remember we stock Seamless Fittings in grades 304/304L, 316/316L and UNS S31803 as well as our flanges so try us out for your enquiries.

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Maastricht Exhibition Competition Winner

It’s a couple of weeks on from the Maastricht exhibition, and after a great response to our ‘spot the cricket ball’ competition, we now have a winner. I have attached below the competition image and below that the original image showing you where the ball is. I can almost hear you gasp, ‘that was where I thought it was, did I win!?’

After receiving hundreds of entries from locations as varied as New Zealand, Uruguay, Chile, Israel and the USA, our eventual winner was from much closer to home in the Netherlands. Coincidentally this is the same country as the exhibition was taking place in, so unfortunately not many air miles for me on this occasion.

Arnold Pol from Arcus is the spot the ball winner. His guess was almost completely ‘spot on’, being less than 10 pixels away from the centre of the ball. Congratulations to him, and I hope he finds some use for his framed cricket bat. Maybe he could donate it to the Dutch international cricket side, it may bring them some luck and even some runs 🙂

I have contacted Arnold, and will be organising a visit to present him with the signed cricket bat in the coming weeks. A photo will follow in an upcoming blog post, and a short article will appear in the new edition of stainless steel world magazine.

Stock Services - Spot the ball competition - without the ball.

Competition image – where is that ball?

Stock Services - Spot the ball competition - with the ball

Here it is…Simple!

 

Thanks for taking part

Thank you to all those who took part, and don’t be too upset if you didn’t win on this occasion as we may run another competition in the new year. If you want to be a spot the ball winner, then keep your eyes peeled for our emails, or add us by searching Stock Services to your Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn accounts for updates.

If you didn’t get to visit the exhibition in person, I have attached a photo below of me holding the prized Michael Vaughan signed cricket bat. Feel free to leave any witty comments!

Spot the ball bat

Spot the ball prize!

 

Stock Services News

We have just taken delivery of our first batch of Weld Neck Flanges in grades 304/304L and 316/316L. To check our current stock levels, please click here for 316/L weld necks, or click here for 304/L. Our website is updated daily so the figures you see are the accurate quantities that we have in stock.

We will be increasing this weld neck range along with our slip on and blind flanges over the coming three to six months and we will also be adding PN16 flanges (EN1092-1) so keep an eye out for these on our website.

Remember we stock Seamless Fittings in grades 304/304L, 316/316L and UNS S31803 as well as our flanges so try us out for your enquiries.

Thanks for reading 🙂

The Stock Services Spot the Ball Competition.

We have mentioned on a number of occasions, that we are exhibiting at the SSW2013 in Maastricht between November 12th and 14th BUT, were you aware that we will also be running a competition!!!

Now everyone loves a competition…so if you are lucky enough to be disappearing from work for a few days and attending the exhibition, then get yourself over to our stand S-549 and you can take part in person. If however you are stuck in the office ‘holding down the fort’, whilst others pretend to be busy networking, then we do not want you to miss out. We have added the competition to our website so click this link or the image below to take part!

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So what do i need to do, and what’s the prize!?

It’s simple. Come to our stand on any of the three days of the exhibition to take part in the spot the ball competition. All you need to do is select the position of the cricket ball, which has been airbrushed out of an image of a recent game of club cricket. That’s it!

The PRIZE for the lucky participant who gets closest to the ball, is a framed and signed Cricket bat from non other than ex england captain Michael Vaughan. Exciting!

Stock Services 'Spot the cricket ball' Image

Stock Services ‘Spot the ball’ Competition

What else will we be doing at the exhibition.

As well as running the spot the ball competition, two members of the Stock Services team, Peter Comerford and Chris Price (pictured below) will be available on all three days of the exhibition to answer any questions you have. We will also be doing live demonstrations of our website, and can assist you in registering your details so that you can request quotations online when you get back to your office.

Our website shows our physical stock range, so if it shows online, then it is in stock. You can then request a quotation via the website which we will bid as swiftly as we can!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Stock Services Peter Comerford

Peter Comerford

Stock Services - Chris Price

Chris Price

 

 

 

Not an ordinary day out of the office!

It’s not every day that you walk on to the flight deck of an Aircraft Carrier. However, that is what Chris Price and I experienced first-hand last week, on a miserable day in Rosyth, Scotland. After supplying seamless fittings to Righton in 2010, we were pleased to accept a formal invitation to take part in a supplier open day, along with a number of other major contractors.

After a 5 minute health and safety briefing we were soon in overalls, hard hats and safety glasses, and climbing through part finished corridors, up wall ladders, and into the most inner bowels of the new HMS Queen Elizabeth. There is much work still to be done by the looks of things, but our guide for the day Dave Arthur (Wholeship Mechanical Manager) spoke with real passion, enthusiasm and pride at the progress we were witnessing first hand.

I’d like to give a big thanks to Tony Whalley of Righton for the invite. Chris and I had a great time, as did the other suppliers we spoke with on the day.

Aircraft Carrier Visit - October 2013 - Image 2 Chris Price of Stock Services

A very serious Chris Price

So what does the aircraft carrier look like then?

Unfortunately we were not given the green light to take any photos whilst on the aircraft carrier, but I have attached a recent video from the British forces news http://bfbs.com/news/scotland/new-aircraft-carrier-close-completion-63330.html. In no way does this short video do any justice to the sheer scale of this vessel, which will be approaching some 65,000 tonnes when complete, but it does give a good visual!

Information on the vessel is scarce at the moment, but 2017-2018 is still anticipated to be the date of completion and full handover to the Royal Navy. The design of the aircraft carrier has utilised modern cruise ship building techniques of compartmentalising the build, and sections or blocks of the ship have been built at various locations around the UK. Each section has been part manufactured to reduce work on site where the engineers have a steep learning curve having never built a vessel like this before.

Some Figures

The aircraft carrier will use electricity to turn two 33 tonne propellers and will sail at over 30 knots generating enough power to run some 5,500 homes. The carrier will carry almost 1000 serving crew when operational. Each of the aircraft carriers will have operating theatres, a medical suite and a dental surgery. The aircraft carrier will have a range of approx. 10,000 nautical miles.

The Queen Elizabeth will be capable of carrying 40 aircraft including up to 35 F-35 Jets and 4 helicopters. The ‘Queen Elizabeth’ and ‘Prince of Wales’ vessel’s will carry 24 F-35s in line with the current purchase of 48 jets from Lockheed Martin. If you want to read more about the aircraft carrier, please have a look at the following link.

Stock Services Updates

If you have managed to put up with my ramblings and are still reading, then I may as well draw your attention to the serious matter of what is actually going on at Stock Services! We have recently been telling you about our forays into Stainless Steel Flanges. We currently stock Slip on and Blind flanges up to 24 NPS, but have been INUNDATED with requests for Weld Neck flanges. Hurrah…the first batch is arriving on the 31st of October from Viraj, so keep those enquiries coming in, and we will gladly quote you on a forward order.

Duplex Fittings

Remember to try us out for EU origin UNS S31803 seamless fittings. We have a range of material up to and including 6NB in Sch 10S, 40S, 80S and 160 so keep the enquiries coming in. Check our site for current stock levels and then click the product you are enquiring about to see our stock levels.

Aircraft Carrier Visit - October 2013 - Image 1, Peter Comerford of Stock Services

Aircraft Carrier Visit – October 2013

Good day, well it was until i tried to lift a couple of 24 inch blind flanges! They are just a little heavier than the seamless fittings we are used to picking and packing on a daily basis.

Stainless Steel Flanges in Stock!

We have been talking about it for a while now, but our first delivery of stainless steel flanges have arrived. We are stocking a range of 150# and 300# slip on and blind flanges in dual certified grades 304/304L and 316/316L. Our range begins at 1/2 NB upto and including 24 NB so there should be enough for you to get your teeth into. The first batch of stock is now packed and loaded onto our systems ready for sale, so please give us your enquiries to quote against.

As with all our stocks we give you full visibility of our stock range and these can be found by clicking here and then picking either 304 or 316 flanges. You may notice that we have stainless steel weld neck flanges showing on our website. These are due to be arriving in October and November from Viraj, so please keep us in mind for your requirements of weld neck flanges nearer the time.

Stock Services ASME Flanges 1

Yep, that’s a flange!

 

As well as the stock flanges, we are also happy to offer quick lead times on specials direct from China. If you have any urgent requests, we can offer to airfreight jobs on short lead times of less than 15 days, potentially saving you time and money trying to source elsewhere.

UNS S31803 Duplex Steel Fittings in stock.

We have also had more deliveries of UNS S31803 seamless fittings over recent weeks, so keep us in mind for your enquiries. Our initial stock material is all manufactured in the UK, and in accordance with Norsok M630. Stock is shown live online, so please try us out.

 

Duplex seamless fittings now available at stock services.

Wow, it’s a duplex fitting!

Thanks for popping by and taking a look at our most recent post today. We hope to see you again soon!

 

Stock Services have been running a competition to win a trip to the Cheltenham gold cup, two nights hotel accommodation, and limousine transport to the event for the last three years.

As promised here are the winners and wooden spoon recipient from this years Stock Services fantasy league competition!

The new season is about to begin so please dont miss out on entering this year – information on how to enter is found below the images.

Competition winner Norman Lester

1st Place – Norman Lester, HPF Ellesmere Port

 

Competition winner Tony Smith

2nd Place – Tony Smith, YSL

 

Competition winner Matt Stapleton

3rd Place – Matt Stapleton, SPI

 

Competition winner 'of sorts' Andrew Charlesworth

Wooden Spoon, Andrew Charlesworth, Berkeley Stainless Manchester

The competition involves selecting a fantasy premier league squad and attempting to accumulate as many points as possible during the Premier league season. You can make changes to your squad on a weekly basis if you want and change your formations and starting line ups! It passes ten minutes on a Friday afternoon each week, and is a bit of light hearted fun.

We already have almost 50 teams registered, so please get your team picked before the start of the new premier league season!

The last two years, Norman Lester of HPF Energy Services Ellesmere Port has won the top prize, AND I think we all need to up our game to knock him down a position or more this year. Could you be next years Fantasy League Winner?

If you have joined the league in past seasons, please re-register your side with your email address and password at https://users.premiercleague.com/PremierUser/account/login.html and you will automatically be entered back into our league ‘Can we be beaten’.

If this is your first attempt, then good luck, and enter a team via the following website: https://users.premierleague.com/PremierUser/account/register.html

Once you have entered and selected your 15 man Squad, please click ‘Join a league’, click ‘private league’, and then enter code ‘328468-85753’ to join the ‘Can we be beaten’ league. It’s as easy as that!

Good Luck everyone!