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Brown McFarlane Ltd - High Grade Carbon Stainless and Duplex Steels

Quality Steel Plate Suppliers


Brown McFarlane - About


Brown McFarlane has a long history in steel supply and develops industry leading prefabrication and cutting processes, serving many of the world's leading companies to strict quality standards.

We hold stocks of steel plates in the UK, and Belgium, allowing us to supply your requirements rapidly. Material is sourced from all the leading mills, predominantly European and we boast a stock of around 25,000t of material graded for use in petrochemical process, pressure vessels, nuclear, renewables, oil and gas both on and off-shore, as well as abrasive resistant materials.

McFarlaneHigh grade carbon steel plate supplier

We hold stocks of steel plates in the UK, and Belgium, allowing us to supply your requirements rapidly. Material is sourced from all the leading mills, predominantly European and we boast a stock of around twenty-five thousand tonnes of material graded for use in petrochemical process, pressure vessels, nuclear, renewables, oil and gas both on and offshore as well as abrasive resistant materials.

We maintain regular production slots in key European mills, enabling us to provide specific requirements to individual customer needs at shorter lead times than most of our competitors.

Stainless steel and duplex steel plate supplier

Brown McFarlane also now boasts one of the largest stock ranges of stainless steel plate in Europe supplying customers across the world with plate and profiled products always available in grades 304, 316, S31803(duplex), and both S32750 and S32760(super duplex).

The plate stock is held segregated in large area format in lengths up to 12,000mm and width up to 3,000mm. It can be offered as full size plate, cut plate, or cut to any size or shape using our computer controlled high definition plasma machines.

This allows our customers to reduce fabrication costs, save time, and minimise scrap by purchasing the optimum size and amount of material to match the needs of their projects.


Stainless steel plate stock product range

Austenitic 304/304L 1.4301/1.4307    
Austenitic 316/316L 1.4401/1.4404    
Duplex S31803 1.4462 S32205 2205
Super Duplex S32750 1.4410 2507  
Super Duplex S32760 1.4501    


  • ASME / ASTM SA / A 240
  • BS EN10028-7
  • Norsok MDS D45
  • Norsok MDS D55
  • NACE MR 0175 / ISO 15156
Size Range:
Plate Thickness: 5mm to 100mm
Plate Width: 1,500mm, 2,000mm, 2,500mm, 3, 000mm
Plate length: up to 12,000mm

Recently Brown McFarlane has again pushed the boundaries of high-definition cutting of stainless steels and can now also offer profiling of stainless steels up to 100mm thick at superior levels of accuracy at our State-of-the-art Stoke facility.


Captain A.R. Brown founded Brown McFarlane in 1889, and joined forces with George McFarlane, a naval architect, to establish A R Brown McFarlane & Co Ltd based in Glasgow. The company was initially involved in building ships for the Japanese on Clydeside, Glasgow and in the export of machinery and other capital equipment to Japan.

A London office opened in 1915, followed by more offices in Antwerp, New York, Burma and Tokyo all supported by a worldwide agency network. In the meantime business became more centred on the supply of steel products. Today, 125 years on, the founding family still owns the business with Captain Brown’s great, great, grandson’s representing the fifth generation of Browns to be active in the business.

Over the last 20 years in addition to our long heritage in steel supply we have also developed industry leading prefabrication and cutting processes within our three acre stoke facility and supply many of the world’s leading companies to exacting quality standards. Our team of highly trained and experienced sales engineers, procurement and processing specialists provide you with the answers to your questions and the solutions to your problems.


Brown McFarlane Limited
Ladywell Works
New Century Street
United Kingdom

For enquiries from the United Kingdom and Ireland
Tel: +44 1782 289 909

For enquiries from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland
Tel: +44 1922 471 810

460 Yield Steel Plate

Designers are increasingly using 460 MPa yield plate to combine increased strength with savings in weight. Brown McFarlane stocks a comprehensive range of structural and pressure vessel steel.

The following specifications and grades are available from stock:EN 10028-3 P460NL1EN10028-3 P460NL2EN10028-3 P460NHEN10025-3 S460NAll plates are manufactured with a thickness tolerance in accordance with EN 10029 Class C. Plates are certified in accordance with EN 10204 3.2 Lloyds Register.Stock plates are ordered with restricted chemistry to ensure excellent weldability with carbon equivalent values of 0.50%…

Abrasion Resistant and Ultra High Strength Quenched and Tempered Steel Plate

Abrasion resistant steel plates and ultra high strength steels are used throughout the mining and quarrying industries. The Brown McFarlane range offers a comprehensive solution to material handling problems.

Ultra high strength quenched and tempered plate has the advantage of giving high strength while offering weight reduction in fabrications. The lifespan of critical components can also be significantly increased. The steels, despite their additional strength, can all be machined, welded, cut and bent with the minimum of extra care and equipment.Brown McFarlane stocks a…

Stainless, Duplex and Super Duplex Steel Plate

Brown McFarlane stocks stainless steel plates in large area format up to 12,000mm long and up to 3,000mm wide assisting clients to avoid costly additional welding procedures.

All stainless plate specifications are sourced and supplied from Western European mills and are certified to NORSOK standards. The range of large area plates running from 304 stainless through 31803 Duplex to both 32750 and 32760 Super Duplex is one of the most comprehensive available. Plates can be cut to size in our own dedicated…

Hydrogen Induced Crack (HIC) Resistant Steel Plate

Brown McFarlane's stocks of HIC plates are compatible with the requirements of the world's most demanding specifications. In hostile manufacturing and refining environments Brown McFarlane's products allow no compromise with safety.

HIC resistant steel plates are available as ASTM/ASME A/SA 516 grades 60, 65, and 70. All material is certified to EN10204 3.2. Plates from stock or mill production are supplied from 6mm to 105mm thick, up to 4,000mm wide, and up to 14,000mm long.The steel has the most refined chemistry with a carbon equivalent value…

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Steel Plate

Brown McFarlane's range of steel plates designed for boilers, pressure vessels and heat exchangers is one of the widest available from any stockholder in the world.

Plates are available from stock in warehouses in the UK, Dubai and Singapore. The range runs from 3mm thick to 200mm thick with plate lengths up to 14,000mm and plate widths up to 4,000mm. Brown McFarlane's comprehensive processing facilities allow for the most complex shapes to be purchased if required.All plates in stock are sourced…
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Brown McFarlane Over 125 Years of Global Steel Excellence

Having celebrated its 125th anniversary last year, Brown McFarlane has come a long way since its establishment by Albert Richard...
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State of the Art Cutting Machinery Installed

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Language is the Key for Quality Steel Plate Distributor Brown McFarlane

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OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Accrediation

Brown McFarlane is one of the first companies in its sector to achieve accreditation on OHSAS 18001. The companies team...
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Immediate Orders for Brown McFarlane’s New Antwerp Stockholding Facility

Brown McFarlane's decision to open a warehousing facility in the port of Antwerp has been immediately vindicated with orders for...
12th July 2011

More International Expansion for Brown McFarlane

Hot on the heels of the April 2011 opening of its distribution facility in Antwerp, Brown McFarlane, the specialist steel...
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