Aluminium grandee hosts local politician

Great meeting at Sherwood HQ on Friday when co-owner Paul Thurston played host to local Conservative MP for Wolverhampton North East Jane Stevenson.  The aluminium industry is known for its strong political lobby and it was great seeing Jane on site experiencing at first hand an outstanding Wolverhampton success story, that for too many years has flown below the radar.

 Many current and future challenges facing us were touched upon and as Paul commented “ going forward without doubt the importance of the connection made with Jane will manifest itself in the months and years to come”

Breaking news transfer window signing

Transfer deadline signing…Wiley Paul Thurston moved quickly as the transfer window was closing to make a key strategic signing right at the death.  Welcoming Rob Sweeney to the squad Paul said he is a quality player (there’s the clue) played in the lower leagues around Lancashire but is delighted to be given a role at a premiership outfit like the Sherwood Group in Manchester.  Rob’s role will be at the base of the diamond providing both defensive and offensive quality improvements.  “It is great to have him on board.” 

Current vacancy in Manchester for….

Inal 2020 Ltd are currently looking for a Support Role within the office, the post will cover Sales Support, Customer care and general administrative duties.   

The role requires you to liaise with customers and suppliers from order through to delivery whilst keeping the customer completely updated throughout the process.

The successful candidate must be able to work well in a team and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They must be well organised and reliable whilst maintaining the level of professionalism the role requires. 

Basic knowledge of product and services are advantageous, but training will be given.

This is a great entry level opportunity for anyone pursuing a career in a commercial environment within a successful ambitious organisation.

Please email your CV to

Boom! The good news keeps breaking..

Fresh after confirming the purchase of the Inal (2020) Manchester site, Paul Thurston and Terry Franklin announce a further capital spend north of £300k.  This covers additional CNC and sawing equipment and will enable us to retain our position at the forefront of aluminium processing in the UK. “it is another indication of the confidence across both of our sites” said a delighted Paul making the announcement earlier this week. More information to follow.

Updated Extrusion Buyers Guide

Have updated the downloadable buyers guide to add some basic case studies and specific light weighting examples. We will add to this during the year and add alerts to up date interested parties. As ever any queries ring the freephone 7 days a week, live chat or email.
There’s never a bad time to talk aluminium.
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Breaking news (and its good news for a change)

Great news this week with Sherwood Aluminium confirming the purchase of the Smithfold Lane site for Inal (2020) Ltd. “At a time of general uncertainty” said MD Terry Franklin “this underpins not only our commitment to the future of the Manchester site but also our confidence in the groups ability to face the challenges ahead.”

Smithfold Lane site for Inal (2020) Ltd

Corona virus bulletin

In response to the current pandemic the decision has been taken to implement a reactive closure from 5.00 PM 26th March till April 27th. In the event of any requirement any customer may have during this period we will do our best to assist. Please feel free to contact us via email or mobile at any time;

Liz Collier 07548 802816
Frank Power 07793 221898
Updates will follow

Happy Valentines day from everyone at Inal (2020) Ltd

There can be no better way to celebrate Valentines Day in our industry than with our extruded aluminium heart. Happy Valentines day to everyone from all of us at Inal (2020) Ltd

Inal Metals acquired by Sherwood Stainless & Aluminium

Inal Metals have been acquired by Sherwood Stainless & Aluminium.

Sherwood are one of the major independent suppliers of aluminium extrusions and aluminium processed components in the UK.

Operating from Wolverhampton, Sherwood’s boast 130,000 square feet of factory space, 24 hour working with a turnover of circa £30 million a year. 

With an enviable record of growth Sherwood will bring many resources to Inal, now trading as Inal (2020) Ltd, proven niche market activity and offer the level of financial, technical and logistical support that will allow it both continuity and growth in the future. 

Aluminium extrusion do’s and don’ts (checklist)

Here’s a multi-point checklist to help you get the best from your aluminium extrusion supplier. Choose wisely.

Do provide drawings and CAD files with the right technical information. If you can’t do CAD, ensure they can.

Do understand your end application and if there is a general assembly drawing it will help them understand it too; NDA’s permitting.

Do check if they can cut and machine the extrusion for you (if required) and if it’s machined do they have state of the art measuring equipment to ensure compliance

Do your homework. Get recommendations within the industry. Exercise caution when vetting suppliers via the Internet you can appear to be anything on a website. 

Do know how the extrusion is going to be used its mechanical and aesthetic requirements.

Do indicate the visible surfaces (or if none if it isn’t on display).

Don’t select more than 3-4 specialist companies to provide a response.

Don’t judge companies by the speed of their initial response.

Don’t be unrealistic when it comes to finding the balance between having it quickly, inexpensively or at a high quality. You can generally only have any two of these.

Don’t forget to advise drop dates and locations and importantly packing so logistics and handling can be factored into the project timelines.

Don’t buy only on price it always costs more in the long run.

Want more? Download our free Desperately Seeking Aluminium – Aluminium Extrusion Buyers Guide by INAL here.