Sheffield forging company wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Sheffield-based forge and metals distributor, Special Quality Alloys has been honoured with the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade, the UK’s highest accolade in recognising business excellence.

Specifically, this award for international trade recognises a three-year period of continuous growth for the company in its non-UK business. Successfully supplying 29 countries around the world, overseas sales grew by 87% which accounted for 44% of the company’s total activity.

Established in 1986, Special Quality Alloys (SQA), part of the Special Steel Group of companies, is a family-owned business based in Sheffield. The company is a leading supplier of forgings, bar and machined components in nickel alloys, stainless, duplex, low alloy and carbon to demanding industries such as oil & gas, power generation and the emerging renewables markets.

On-site capabilities include six open-die forging hammers and two ring rollers, SQA manufactures forged/rolled rings, blanks, shafts and boss-shapes. Group capabilities include heat treatment, testing and machining all within close proximity.

SQA sales director, Darren Pryce said: “This is a great achievement for the business and everyone at SQA, truly a team effort!”

“I must thank all our customers, suppliers and stakeholders for the continued interest and support. Over the years, I have been fortunate to travel and visit many of our international customers, I have been immensely proud to represent SQA selling a manufactured forged product which has been made in Sheffield”

This year, 226 Queen’s Awards have been announced nationally for outstanding business achievement in the fields of international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility).

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious business award in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

Special Quality Alloys

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