AKM Steels is a steel stockholder with a specialism in high quality tool steel for the engineering industry. What sets us apart is our exclusive trading relationship with our main supplier Dörrenberg Edelstahl in Germany, combined with our expert technical knowledge and desire to provide quality products and customer service.
AKM steels was set up as a family business in the 1980’s to supply quality tool steel to the engineering sector. It has grown steadily for the last 30+ years and in 2019, it was acquired by and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Bird Stainless, an independent leading specialist stainless steel stockholder and processor (www.birdstst.com), with over 25 years’ experience and knowledge, giving immediate access to the best stockholding of high strength stainless steels, combined with ‘state-of-the-art’ in-house processing facilities.
AKM offers a full range of traditional grades of popular tool steels such as O1, O2, D2, D3, D6, A2, H11, H13 & P20, and also a range of high speed, powder metallurgy (e.g. PMD23 & PMDV4) and next generation tool steels, all designed to help solve problems and improve die life to make your customers more productive.
Our parent company Bird Stainless is a friendly, private family-owned, independent stockholder and processor, specialising in the supply of precision-ground stainless steel long bar to both UK & overseas markets. This gives you a one-stop-shop with immediate access to not only tool steels, but the best “ready-to-ship” stockholding of high-strength stainless steels, combined with in-house cutting and grinding facilities, 25 years’ experience and a metallurgist in the team to advise you.
Supplier – Dörrenberg Edelstahl
There is hardly any tool steel made in the UK anymore, however AKM Steels are proud to be the exclusive UK Agent for Dörrenberg Edelstahl, a relationship forged over 20 years ago. With over 150 years of experience in the production of tool steels and castings, Dörrenberg are one of Germany’s largest suppliers to the automotive, forging and extrusion industries, supplying markets in Europe, America, and the Far East. AKM have extensive stocks here in the UK, with an additional stock capacity held at Dörrenberg in Germany, where they have one of the largest tool steel stores in Europe.
Being a family business, we are committed to providing quality goods and services, with excellent customer service (ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Accreditation). We strive for customer satisfaction, as our reputation is everything. We will go the extra mile to answer your queries, find the right grade and specification for your needs, sourcing in depth technical help from the steel mill Dörrenberg when necessary.
Meet the team
Nigel is the Owner of Bird Stainless the parent company of AKM. Nigel has spent most of his working life in Bird Stainless and so has steel running through his veins! Following his law degree, he took over the running of Bird Stainless from his father back in 1990. He is currently driving the business growth, expanding into new market sectors both in the UK and overseas.
Mallory is who you will meet if you want to see someone to discuss your requirements. Well versed in tool steel, he has worked in this market for over 25 years, for other companies as well as running his own tool steel business for 7 years.
Julie joined the sales team back in 2011. An experienced sales professional, she has worked in sales management in varied sectors: confectionery, metals, recruitment and telecommunications. Contact Julie for quotes and advice
Ellie joined the family business after recently graduating from university. Ellie has joined the Sales team to develop her skills and apply her knowledge of the steel industry, as well as carrying out ambitious expansion plans. Contact Ellie for quotes & advice.
Nick joined the team in 2007 and has spent over 30 years in the steel / metal trading market. Contact Nick for quotes and advice.
Karen joined AKM in 2017, having worked in the Civil Service for 30 years, in both Work & Pensions and the Office for National Statistics. Karen is likely to be the first person you will speak to, she will put together your quotes and process your orders.
Laura is the newest member of the AKM Sales Team, having joined in April 2021. Living locally near Rotherham, she has previously worked in the NHS, the oil & gas industry & logistics. When not at work, you’ll find her weightlifting in the gym!
Harry joined the family business a few years ago and is now the Operations Manager. His role is to ensure the smooth running of the Production Facility. Contact Harry with any Production related queries.
Being on reception Kim is likely to be the colleague you speak to first when you phone AKM and the one delivery drivers see when they collect despatches. She can also help with any despatch queries on existing orders.
Michelle joined Bird Stainless several years ago and manages the Bird Stainless and AKM Tool Steel office. She deals with all Sales & Purchase Ledger. You can contact Michelle with any queries on your account.
Jo joined Bird Stainless in 2021. You can contact her with any queries on your account.