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Founded in 1972 in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, we specialise in supplying superior steel sheets and plates to product manufacturers that require a high degree of flatness and quality surface finish. In 1979, John Tainton was acquired by Hall Engineering (Holdings) plc, and a £2 million investment program began. This involved the construction of a 120,000sq ft purpose-built headquarters on the Hoo Farm Industrial Estate in Kidderminster.

“The Hall family are proud of their long association with the steel industry, a history dating back to 1812. In 1996 Hallco 1812 Limited was formed under the Chairmanship of Richard Hall, and John Tainton continued as a trading division of this newly formed company – reaffirming its relationship with the Hall family. The company continues to hold its high market position as the leading supplier of fully flattened steel sheets. Good customer relationships are paramount, and our customers continue to benefit from our reliable service and quality of product.”

Matthew Hall, Managing Director of John Tainton.
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Our history

Since commissioning the first 17-roll precision decoil line in 1978, we have continued to invest in state of the art cut to length line technology. In 2001 we introduced the industry-changing initiative of QUICK STOCK® that enabled John Tainton to offer same day/next day delivery.

In addition to the Kidderminster site, John Tainton has a sales presence in the North West, South East and South Wales and began supplying steel to the Irish market in 2007.

We pride ourselves on providing an excellent quality product coupled with a highly regarded delivery service.

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High quality standards nationally renowned

John Tainton has been leading the way for fully flattened sheet and plate for over 50 years from our purpose-built facility in Kidderminster. We pride ourselves on our customer service and after sales care.

We are a long-established steel stockholder, nationally renowned for supplying customers with mild and high strength steel flat rolled products produced to the highest quality standards. This quality is achieved through strong, reliable relationships with like-minded steel mills, where our purchases are sourced worldwide.

John Tainton’s Quality system conforms to the International Standard ISO 9001: 2015.

What we do

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Line 1

Line 1 was installed in 2011 and can process material between 6 and 12mm thick in widths up to 2m. It was built by Georg and allowed the Company to offer an extended heavy plate range.

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Line 2

Line 2 is a hybrid Bronx and Georg line. The original line was installed in 1982 and it was progressively replaced between 2016-2023. The line can process mild and high strength material between 2 and 6mm thick in widths up to 2m.

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Line 3

Line 3 was originally installed in 1990 and in 2022 a significant investment was made to replace the line with a new Bronx machine with a far wider product capability. The new Line 3 can process mild and high strength steel grades in gauges between 1 and 6mm in widths up to 2m. The addition of a second line with the capability of processing 4-6mm material significantly improves the resilience of the Business.

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Line 4

Line 4 can process material between 0.9 and 3.0mm thick in widths up to 1.5m. It is a Bronx line and was installed in 1990.

To make a sales enquiry please call 01562 740477 or email