I’m Simon, owner of Redlands Stainless Steel.
Here is a bit about myself and the journey to opening Redlands Stainless Steel (RSS) with my partner.
I started my apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker, working in a rainwater goods and small metal products store. By the age of 21 I was a foreman and running a work shop with 4 tradesmen and 2 apprentices. I worked in this area for 10 years. I then progressed to mine and petrochemical work as a ticketed welder for 5 years. After this I moved into the food industry where I worked my way to the role of Site Supervisor. I ran installations of equipment, maintenance and repair work for break downs, and small and medium sized engineered and project work.
All this experience has encouraged me to open my own business.
Stainless steel is a 100% recyclable metal due to the relative ease of extraction of its main alloys – chromium, iron, nickel etc. Using recycled metal is a much cheaper process than producing stainless steel from new raw materials and so it is much more cost effective for manufacturers to use recycled metal as much as possible. In addition to the cost benefits of using recycled metal, the CO2 emissions produced from recycling are much less than those produced from manufacturing from new.