AJS Profiles, Guy Martin, World War 1 tanks and World war 2 tanks !!

AJS profiles, the UK’s steel profiling and Lumsden Grinding specialist has recently seen its profiles being used in a World war 1 reproduction of a Mark IV tank and also having a fantastic article written about our premises in the Black Country Bugle about tanks being built for World War 2.

Firstly, AJS Profiles were asked to produce parts for a TV show that was going to be all about TV personality Guy Martin building a WW1 replica of a Mark IV tank. We steel profiled a number of flamecut blanks that were used to produce the the tanks track. The program was aired on channel 4 and was a fantastic success.

Within weeks of the program being shown on TV, we were approached by a historian called Ken Ford, who had some photographs showing World War 2 tanks being built in our factory in Smethwick for the Russian Army in 1941. We had seen some of the pictures before, but there were also new pictures which showed a lot of the workers of the then Birmingham Rail and Carriage works surrounding the freshly built tanks.

The best picture is of Harold Macmillan (Prime minister 1957-1963) and Russian ambassador to the UK Ivan Maisky. Mr Macmillan looks a bit on the grumpy side – he probably couldn’t understand the Black Country dialect of the workers!!

The Photos below are of the visit and the final picture is of our number 1 works today.

The article can be viewed here on the Birmingham Mail website.

AJS Profiles today have 2 Factories on the same site with 50,000 sq ft of indoor production space. All our steel plate is stocked inside unlike most Steel Profilers. AJS Profiles have the largest selection of Lumsden Grinders in the World (22) – including the Largest Lumsden Grinder ever made. We also have 2 plasma cutting machines and 10 steel profiling machines. We also stock 2,000 tonnes of steel in various grades. All of these machines and stock allows AJS Profiles to have the quickest turnaround in the UK and a very satisfied customer base.


Large lumsden grinding and thick steel flamecutting

No-one in the UK apart from AJS Profiles can cut 330mm thick steel plate and grind a 3400mm diameter steel profile in the same factory . Click on the link below to see both large Lumsden Grinding and thick steel profiling in action. The largest Lumsden Grinder we have has a 3430mm diameter table – the largest in the UK. AJS Profiles stock up to 500mm thick plate and lead times are normally half that of our competitors.

Faster than a speeding bullet!!

Here at AJS Profiles we pride ourselves on quick deliveries of our steel profiles and lumsden ground blanks. We offer a 24 hour service for customers who require a really quick turnaround – We have done a steel profile this week that was cut, stress relieved and ground in 24 hours! The industry standard lead time for a steel profile that is cut, stress relieved and ground is approximately 7-10 working days!

We are currently experiencing a huge surge in business with many new customers coming to AJS Profiles because our lead times are way below industry averages.

Its always nice to hear compliments and we are getting plenty at the moment –  we even had a customer telling us to add a bit more money onto the order because “AJS profiles look after us so well and we are so happy with your service!” That is a first for us!!

For all your steel profiles and lumsden grinding needs, give AJS Profiles a call.

Arrow straight steel profiles

The whole steel profiling world knows and dreads orders of long thin steel profiles. They bend, twist and are very difficult to get right. Here at AJS Profiles, we like a challenge. The picture below shows an order we have just completed of 186 off 1620 x 44 x 10mm S690QL1 material. As you can See, they look pretty damn good!!

long bars

At AJS Profiles, we keep it simple. We keep our customers happy by providing steel profiles and Lumsden Ground blanks quickly. Some of our very satisfied customers are now telling us that they are receiving our steel profile blanks before they have had quotes back from some of our competitors!! The future is bright, the future is AJS Profiles!

More new additions at AJS Profiles

AJS Profiles have had the chequebook out again and invested in some new additions.

In the past week we have commissioned a 48 inch Lumsden Grinding machine, a 60 inch Lumsden Grinding machine and a brand new 7.5 tonne wagon. These new additions were required to keep us ahead of our competition in delivering steel profiles and Lumsden ground profiles in 2-3 days – half the industry standard. This takes our tally of working Lumsden Grinding machines to a whopping 21 – that is almost double the amount of our nearest competitor!!

We now have 3 x 7.5 tonne wagons and 4 smaller wagons that allow us to deliver to our growing customer base. For industry leading deliveries of steel profiles and high quality Lumsden grinding, get in touch today.

3D steel profiling of large tube

Here at AJS Profiles we pride ourselves in going that extra mile for our customers. We hadn’t ever done 3D profiling before, but when a customer asked us to profile a large tube, we jumped at the chance.

The video shows the tube being cut and has a special feature at the end, showcasing our Super salesmen who will be happy to help you out with all your profiling and lumsden grinding requirements.


Plasma cutting 4mm S690QL plate

A nice video of AJS Profiles big plasma cutting machine profiling a nice intricate blank from 4mm thick S690QL plate. The steel profile has 72 slots and a large central hole. The benefit of plasma cutting in comparison to flame cutting is that there is no distortion to the plate and it cuts much quicker. Click on the picture to see the video.




Ping Pong Bill

No words can really do Justice to the photo below…. Super salesman Bill Gould “dressed to impress” for an inter-company table tennis tournament. When hes not quoting our wonderful customers Steel profiles and Lumsden Grinding, he is quite the sportsman. Needless to say, Super salesman Bill Gould won the tournament as no-one could concentrate on the ping pong as they were laughing too much at his attire !!

Super salesman Bill Gould also gained a new nickname at the tournament – King Kong Ping Pong !