Steel Industry Suppliers
in the Philippines

Steel is an important part of the world economy ever since it was innovated for mass production. Everything – from construction materials to cooking tools, and even cutlery – is produced today using steel. The steel industry in the Philippines can be seen as importing of raw materials of semi-finished steel products as opposed to manufacturing. Steel suppliers in the Philippines rely on other countries to supply half-finished steel products, which they will then finish and distribute throughout the country.

Iron and Steel Industry

The iron and steel industry is categorized into two sectors: upstream and downstream. The upstream sector involves iron making, steel making, as well as billet, ingot, and slab casting. Iron making is defined as the extraction of the element iron from a rock or mineral called iron ore. On the other hand, steel making is the process by which iron is refined into steel. Billet, ingot, and slab casting is defined as the transformation of molten steel into semi-finished steel products. While the upstream sector deals with the production and the processing of iron into usable steel materials, the downstream sector handles the distribution.

The downstream sector essentially handles the dissemination of the finished steel products created by the upstream sector. Under this sector is the intermediate sector, which takes care of processing semi-finished iron and steel products needed to produce finished steel products. The processes necessary for semi-finished iron and steel products include rolling, forming, drawing, and finishing.

The downstream sector caters to major consumers of iron and steel products such as construction, metalworking and engineering, shipbuilding and repair, vehicle assembly, as well as appliance manufacturing and packaging. Steel consumer products such as wire products, hard drawn wire, nails, galvanized wire, welding electrodes, nuts and bolts, as well as fabricated items like pipes, roll formed products, roofing sheets, hot rolled pipes, and almost everything that involves some sort of steel are distributed by the downstream sector from the intermediate processing sector.

Steel Manufacturing in the Philippines

The steel industry in the Philippines is heavily reliant on importing steel products from other countries that are able to mine and produce steel. This is because mining and processing iron ore – in order to extract the iron – is such an expensive process. Steel manufacturers and fabricators actually rely on recycled steel instead of manufacturing new steel from mined iron ore. In truth, steel is actually a very economical material to recycle because it is 100% recyclable. Moreover, recycled steel maintains its tensile density!

The process of recycling steel is called ferrous metal recycling. Ferrous materials contain a substantial amount of iron in them. The iron is then introduced to carbon and other substances in order to create the end product, which is steel. This steel can again be recycled in the same process and will still come out as steel. Steel scrap that will be recycled into new steel are further categorized into heavy melting steel, old car bodies, cast iron, pressing steel, reinforcing bars or mesh, turnings, manganese steel, and rails.

Steel suppliers in the Philippines are heavily reliant on the economy and the political stability of the country. If the country is doing well and the government continues to develop public infrastructures such as bridges and highways, then the steel suppliers in the Philippines will have a steady flow of distribution and supply to the construction sector – which makes up the largest percentage of steel consumers in the country.

TKL Steel is a steel supplier and distributor in the Philippines for 30 years now. They are part of the industry that maintain and deliver superior quality products coupled with exceptional service, all for a competitive price. TKL Steel believes in providing their customers with only the highest quality of products at its best possible price. Their supplier-customer relationship is further strengthened in the company’s belief that each customer can become a lifetime partner of the company. This is because TKL Steel believes that taking care of their customers will strengthen their trust in the company. This is further established through the company’s after-sales service of open-line communication.