Technological advances in steelmaking during the 19th century played a central role in creating modern economies dependent on girders, automobiles, rails, bridges, and other steel products. Steel has become a staple of the world’s industrial economy. In fact, the Steel industry is indeed one of the fundamental industries for the development of any community. Moreover, continuous casting of liquid steel, rolling or forging ingots results in the production of semi-finished steel produced in a foundry. They are available in versatile sizes, forms, and grades; to meet diverse requirements of industries. Semi-finished Steel is used for the production of finished products. They fall under four categories i.e. Blooms, Ingots, Billets, and Slabs.
Gulf Sea Petroleum as a supplier of both Steel and Semi-finished products is proud to have been exporting high-quality cost-effective commodities of both types.
Ingots are large rough castings designed for transportation and storage. The shape resembles a square or rectangle with fillets.
Billets are long steel semi-finished products with a square cross-section. They are rolled or continuously cast and are then transformed by rolling to obtain finished products. Billets are applied for long steel products such as:
Blooms are semi-finished long products with a rectangular or square cross-section bigger than 160mm. Blooms can be made by rolling from an ingot or continuous casting. Common finished products include structural shapes/rails/rods and seamless.
Slabs are another type of semi-finished steel produced by rolling ingots or processed through a caster and cut into varying lengths. The slab has a rectangular cross-section. Slabs are used for the production of heavy machinery or for hot rolling into another thinner products like:
Sheet metal/strip metal
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Steel Billet / Bloom
Gulf Sea Petroleum as a prominent commodity supplier based in Oman is active in exporting both finished and semi-finished materials such as Steel Billet, bloom and steel slab. Steel Billet also called bar stock is technically a semi-finished casting product that needs further processing before becoming a finished material. Actually, since billet is grained in its structure as a metal it processes very intricately. Steel Billet is, in fact, a length of metal with a square or round cross-section. It is used in general and structural purposes. Pipes and wires are 2 of the main products made with billets. Billets are also used as raw materials or feedstock in forging, rolling and other metal-processing operations. The range of semi-finished products above 155 mm x 155 mm is called blooms. Blooms have rectangular cross-sections. The name Bloom comes from Bloomery. Another condition for a bloom is that the cross-section must be greater than 36 sq. inches. We in GSP supply high-quality Cast Square Billets of varied lengths and cross-sections. However, standards for steel billets vary and each must feature the chemical composition necessary for producing the desired product. We provide international specifications including BS, ASTM, EN, etc. or any other tailor-made requirements of our clients.
Steel slab is described as a semi-finished steel material and is the end result of ingots it is in fact obtained by rolling mill rolling ingots. It has rectangular cross-sections. In the manufacture of flat products such as hot rolled coils or steel plates, Slab steel is used as the starting material in metals. Slab steel is applied in some distinctive industries such as heavy machinery manufacture and production of coils, plates, tubes, sheet metal, and Strip metal. Slab is typically processed using flat rolling and is often converted into sheet metal, chequered plates, pipes, and tubes. With a strong perspective in quality, Gulf Sea Petroleum supplies the best steel slab according to the worldwide standard specification.