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Steel on the Rise: Cold-Formed Steel Accounts for a 92% Market Share in Single Story Industrial Buildings (UK)


Whether it is purlins, side rails, walling, composite panels or built up cladding solutions, light gauge steel products are utilized across multiple building sectors.

Light gauge steel products are known to offer a range of construction related benefits most notably; speed of construction, cost-effectiveness and safety. They are also popular due to the products’ unique lightweight characteristic which makes them easy and safe to handle both during fabrication and construction.

In the UK, steel commands over 92% of market share for single story industrial buildings (the cladding panels or sheets are normally supported by a system of light gauge steel purlins and side rails spanning between the portal frame rafters and columns respectively).

William Worthington, Metframe Sales Manager, Metsec, said: “The general interest in offsite construction is at an all-time high, with several reports and research being published focusing on this method of building. It has been further drawn into the spotlight by Heathrow (UK) recently stating the important role offsite construction will play in its major expansion project.

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