Brown McFarlane's decision to open a warehousing facility in the port of Antwerp has been immediately vindicated with orders for steel plates from the newly received stock being placed within days of its arrival.
Brown McFarlane, based in the UK, exports steel plates to more than fifty countries around the world. The majority of this steel along with plates being shipped to its five overseas operations leaves Europe from the port of Antwerp so it was a logical step in Brown McFarlane's international development to begin holding stock there. The opening stock of more than 1000 tonnes of highly specified pressure vessel steel plates will be progressively added to in order to mirror the variety of steel specifications held in Brown McFarlane's warehouses around the world. Stock in Antwerp will mean faster and more flexible delivery schedules for Brown McFarlane's customers and will save them money as well as time.
The company's sales in to South America have been growing steadily over recent years and it is keen to strengthen this business. The Antwerp stock includes a range of HIC resistant pressure vessel steel designed to meet large parts of the Brazilian Petrobras specification N1706 without the need for additional expensive and time consuming testing. It was the combination of material ex-stock availability, price, technical specification, and fast delivery schedule which prompted the opening orders from Antwerp, destined for Brazil, which were placed less than a week after the plates arrived.
Brown McFarlane Limited is the UK's premier quality steel plate distributor and processor. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, it holds the widest range of sizes and specifications of carbon and stainless steel plate in the UK with plate available ex-stock from 3mm to 200mm thick, up to 14,000mm long, and up to 4,000mm wide.
Brown McFarlane holds stock of steel plates in specifications which include many that are difficult to find from general steel stockholders such as duplex and super duplex stainless steel, ultra high yield quenched and tempered steel, hydrogen induced crack (HIC) resistant pressure vessel steel, and chrome molybdenum steel.
The Brown McFarlane Group of companies with distribution and processing facilities in Dubai, Singapore, and three sites in South Africa, has a turnover of USD 90 million and employs more than 180 people.