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About Abbeysteel & Shearing Co Ltd

Abbey Steel and Shearing Co Ltd

Established almost 30 years ago, based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire Abbey Steel & Shearing Company Ltd supplies manufacturers throughout the UK with a resource for all their steel; sheet, blanks, shapes, strip and coil requirements, together with a comprehensive processing service so that all material is precision sheared to required specifications.

We operate the largest shearing bay in the South East of England with logistical arrangements ready to transport customer’s orders all over the UK.

AS has a supply operation unlike any other steel stockholder. Our steel is sourced from an extensive range of suppliers in the automotive and steel industries and through working together we have established reuse operations to collect steel that is surplus to their requirements.

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The steel that we obtain is a pure by product from these industries and is supplied direct to AS. This steel would be destined for reprocessing as it has no further application in their operations, but we collect it and convert it for usage in other applications. This enables AS to supply manufacturers with a sustainable source of steel. At present we supply a comprehensive range of industrial and commercial sectors.

We are accredited in BSI standard, ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.


Abbey Steel & Shearing Company Limited are a steel stockholding and shearing company that supplies manufacturers throughout the UK with steel; sheet, blanks and coil, precision sheared to their required specifications. We are committed to a programme of continuous environmental improvement by operating in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and operating in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for are employees and minimises our potential impact on the environment. Whilst, striving to improve both internally and externally; by means of effective environmental management that will enable the achievement of the following objectives:

  • Incorporate the consideration of environmental concerns and impacts into all of our decision making and activities,
  • Continuously improve operational efficiency through appropriate investment  in both machinery  and personnel,
  • Source all materials in a sustainable manner
  • Train, educate and inform our employees about environmental issues
  • Prevent pollution by maintaining an environmentally responsible site and by recycling all waste materials where achievable.
  • Continually improve our environmental performance by periodically reviewing our environmental objectives at management meetings.
  • Make our environmental policy available to any interested parties.


For further information regarding or environmental policies please contact Chris Nash, our Environmental and Quality Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. How will you maintain supply?

Most of the steel that we buy comes to us under contract and these contracts tend to run for extended periods. We know when model changes are going to occur so if you have regular production parts we can anticipate any shortfall. In any event we will guarantee supply for three months of regular parts.


2. How do you know the grade of the material?

We have very close relationships with all our suppliers. We get drawings of donor parts that show the grades. Often we have tried to rework this material back into car production so we have to know the exact grade of material.


3. You claim 7.5t of CO2 for each tonne recycled, how is this calculated?

Please see Carbon Footprinting section.


4. Is Abbey Steel cheaper than virgin steel?

Simply answered; Yes


Abbeysteel facilities
Abbey Steel has the largest Shearing Bay in the South East of England and we are equipped with a range of guillotines and handling equipment capable of dealing with the full range of shapes and blanks that our customers require.

We can process material up to 2.5m wide and up to 5.0mm thick, delivering blanks packaged and delivered to your specification - simplifying your production process and ensuring that the right material for your operations is always available.

Health and Safety Policy


Abbey Steel and Shearing Co Ltd - Statement of general policy is:

  • To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities;
  • To consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety;
  • To provide and maintain safe plant and equipment;
  • To ensure safe handling and use of substances;
  • To provide information, instruction and supervision for employees;
  • To ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training;
  • To prevent accidents and cases of work related ill health;
  • To maintain safe and healthy working conditions; and
  • To review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.


Date: October 2009, Reviewed Q1 2014.

Quality Policy


The company is committed to a customer/process based quality policy that meets both statutory and regulatory requirements and looks towards establishing continual improvement as an objective for the processes of the company.

This quality policy provides the framework for these objectives and will take into account current and future needs of both the company and its customers, assessing current performance levels and looking for continual improvement in processes and procedures through management review. The Management is committed to the promotion of ‘ethical effective and efficient compliance’ and seeks to be as environmentally beneficial as possible. The management will ensure that resources necessary including a competent work force are available to meet current and future needs.

This will be achieved with the understanding and support of all employees and will benefit all interested parties. This Quality policy will be given to all new employees and posted on notice boards. It is supported by policy’s already in place.

For further information please contact Chris Nash, our Environmental and Quality Manager.