Who We Are
In 1925, Mr. Bennett Beardshaw founded Special Steel
Company on Bacon Lane in Sheffield.
Demand for the heat treatment furnaces grew
rapidly and so inevitably the need
for testing increased.
In 1939 the test house was built and Special Testing Works
Ltd was formed. The Group became involved in non
destructive testing (NDT) in 1981 with the formation
of STW (Non Destructive) Limited. NDT services are provided
both in house and at customer sites.
Having developed a significant group of metals processing companies,
including metallurgists with special manufacturing knowledge,
Special Quality Alloys was established in 1986
to supply the market with nickel based superalloys and speciality
To further expand our in-house facilities and expertise,
two strategic acquisitions have been made. GH White and
Co. limited became a members of the Special Steel
Group in 1996 adding a much enhanced range of
heat treatment capabilities. Hawk Engineering (Sheffield)
Limited was acquired in 1998 allowing management of turnkey
Today, Special Quality Alloys utilises not only its own extensive
range of facilities and qualified people, but also has access
to Group company plants and expertise,
providing us with a critical mass in metals processing that
is truly world class.
To expand our world-wide service, we established the first
overseas depot in 1999 with the formation
of Special Quality Alloys Inc. Houston Texas.