New website, more products, online manufacturing

What’s new?

 

In January we mentioned that we were planning some big changes for the year ahead. Behind the scenes, we have been coding thousands of new product, and have had successful discussions with new and existing suppliers about our ideas for the coming 12 months.

We will be making some minor changes in the next month to the current stock services website, adding new products, and grades of material, and will then be on track to develop our new website. The new website is due to be online by the autumn of 2016.

In the short term, we will be out visiting existing customers, discussing our increased range of materials that we can offer to you. This will include pipework in grade 310, UNS S31254 SMO as well as EU origin 304/304L, 316/316L, Duplex and Super Duplex material.

We will also be offering an increased range of seamless and welded fittings. This will include 310 and UNS S31254 materials, as well as a more comprehensive range of stainless steel flanges.

We will continue supplying difficult to source fittings and flanges from our overseas partners, so keep trying us for these enquires. We are experts in airfreighting hard to source items manufactured on quick lead times.

Stainless Steel Equal Crosses - Fast Manufacture times at Stock Services
Stock Services can supply you hard to find Fittings and Flanges manufactured fast, and airfreighted to site.

The new Website – what is it going to do?

 

We have been tinkering with several different ideas when it comes to our new website, and we have some ambitious plans including:

  • Increasing our stock ranges in both EU origin and NON EU origin materials available on quick delivery times.
  • A re-focus on piping products, with new ranges and grades, again available on short deliveries.
  • A client area which will allow users to log into their company account and request copy invoices, test certificates and despatch notes for your orders.
  • A continuation of the ‘request a quote’ function. As well as the ability to re validate quotations that have expired.
  • We will also be adding an online purchasing function, allowing you to place your orders online, making your payment by BACS, Credit Card or on agreed credit terms.

The idea is to make dealing with us – before, during and after a sale – even easier than it currently is! Surely not possible I hear you cry 🙂

 

Manufacturing online

Stock Services - We need your manufcaturing image.
Stock Services needs your manufactured stainless steel items, click to send us an email now!

We are also looking for UK and European manufacturers to contact us.

We plan to develop a manufacturing section of the website, which will allow users a quick way to request prices for items that are not commonly held in stock.

This will allow our clients, both new and old, to quickly receive prices and place orders for a whole range of steel products, including pipes, fittings, flanges, gaskets or valves to name but a few. We will endeavour as always to quote unusual grades or sizes of material, including items produced specifically to your drawings quickly and competitively.

For us to do this, we will need to know about your manufacturing capabilities. So get in touch with us to discuss what you do amazingly, and we may be able to open some new doors for you.

We have a few manufacturers onboard already, but will need more as we grow the website in the coming years.

Please share this article with anyone you think may be interested. Click the above image or here to send us an email about your capabilities and we will discuss them with you. Hopefully we can help each other sell more products online!

Speak to you soon, and thanks for reading 🙂

Air freight

Where can I get big stainless steel fittings and flanges from?

On many occasions you will quote a job, and then be asked for a re-offer (or three) before a job eventually goes live. Just when you think you are about to get your order, another engineer decides to have a look pushing the job back a couple of weeks or months.

As is normally the case, a job that seemed relatively simple at the outset, can become a huge rush, and the supply of materials may be problematic. When your client cannot wait for 2-3 months for delivery, the only option remaining to them, is to pay a premium price for the required material to be manufactured locally on a quick lead time.

Stock Services have been delivering material for just these type of scenarios for many years. We have expertise in supplying large volume, or non standard and oversized products manufactured on quick lead times from a variety of our approved mills in China.

Image of an Equal Cross (seamless) that are available to order from Stock Services
Seamless Equal Crosses manufactured and delivered in 3 weeks by Air freight

How does air freight work?

Sending goods by air freight, is not really any different to sending goods by sea fright. Materials still abide by the standard INCOTERMS, and require a bill of lading, go through the same customs entry process with duty, VAT and handling fees added. The benefit of air freight is purely speed.

Although air freighting goods is considerably more expensive than sea freight, goods can be manufactured and then shipped by air anywhere in the world often within one week of a product being completed.

Stock Services have long standing relationships with a number of mills producing fittings and flanges, meaning we can quote you very quickly, and have materials produced on short lead times of 10-25 days ex mill China. This service has allowed many of our clients to win jobs before their competitors have even been able to make a bid.

How expensive is it to send goods by air freight?

There is no real rule of thumb, as both the volume (size of package) and gross weight will need to be considered when calculating an air freight fee. You will also need a reliable agent to clear your goods once they arrive into a port.

There are a number of costly errors that people can make when organising air freight, often these come in the form of paying high deferment fees, (which can often be charged at a percentage rate of your overall order value) or by instructing mills to ship goods by air on CIF terms. By instructing a mill to ship your goods, you have no control over the carrier used, delivery time can be longer than anticipated if a shipment travels on multiple flights to a location, and fees charged by import agents when goods arrive may be un-negotiable.

Image of 180 short radius return bends. Avaiable for purchase from stock services
8 NPS short radius return bends manufactured in Grade 304H. Air freighted to client within 5 weeks of order.

 

How can Stock Services help?

  • Stock Services have become experts in air freighting goods by making all the mistakes listed above (and more besides). We offer quick, competitively priced air freight services to the UK, Europe and elsewhere.
  • We fix the price meaning there are no unwelcome additional costs when the goods arrive at your works. The price we offer is the price you pay, inclusive of all handling and duty fees.
  • We can offer you prices next day for your fitting and flange requirements in many grades and sizes, and delivery can often be made in 15-40 days to your works depending on requirement.
  • Once you have placed your order you can rest assured that it will be delivered on time as per your order requirements.

If you would like to send us your next urgent enquiry, send us an email.

Seamless Reducing Tees - Non standard sizes available from stock services.
Non standard stainless steel seamless reducing tees via air freight

Thanks for reading 🙂

Spot the ball winner

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 🙂

 

Stainless Steel World 2013

Stock Services will be exhibiting at the Stainless Steel World 2013 exhibition in Maastricht the Netherlands in November. We welcome you to all visit us on our stand S549 over the three days of the exhibition. (November 12th to the 14th 2013)

We will be running a competition called ‘spot the cricket ball’,  with the winner receiving a signed cricket bat from ex England Captain, and OBE Michael Vaughan. Our stand number is S549, so make a note of it, and pop over and see us during your visit.

We are part way through receiveing our initial stocks of NORSOK M650 approved stainless steel seamless duplex fittings (Grade UNS S31803). Our duplex fittings are manufactured in the UK and will be G48 tested. We expect to have our complete stock range available for sale within the next two months, so try us out for your enquiries.

Our full stock range is shown on our website, and allows you to request quotations online. We also plan to have technical data added to each product, so you can check weights and dimensions though the website saving you time looking at data sheets.

We are also planning to re stock stainless steel ASME flanges and PN 16 Flanges later this year. More news about this stock will follow in the coming months.

World Stainless Steel Conference & Expo, Maastricht

Stock Services website relaunch!

Welcome to the newly launched blog website for Stock Services.

This new site will run in tandem with our relaunched main website, which has been revised for 2013 after 5 years in operation.

We plan to make some significant changes to the Stock Services website over the next 12 months and will keep you all updated on our progress. Some of the changes we are planning to make on the main website will include all dimensional data for stainless steel fittings and flanges that we stock. We will also be adding a log in section, that will allow you to check the orders that your company has made, and request your own mill certification online at a time to suit you!

After listening to feedback from YOU, our customers, we have made the process of requesting quotations even quicker with the addition of a log in function that means you have less data to fill in each time you visit our site. In fact, you can save your usernames and passwords, so that you log in almost instantly each time you visit our site.

Stock Services is expanding its range of products further with the incoming shipment of NORSOK M650 approved western european origin stainless steel duplex butt weld fittings (UNS S31803). More news will follow shortly about our range of duplex fittings, which is expected to be available in May 2013.

We hope you like the new site, and if you have any comments please get in contact with us at info@stockservices.co.uk and we will be happy to consider your suggestions.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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