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The 1960s bring great technical change in the way steel is made. Across the world, the basic oxygen and electric arc processes are coming to the fore while the techniques used in the open hearth melting shop at Shotton attract attention by producing non-ageing steel with the superior surface properties of ageing steel and in large quantities.

Shotton has a particularly high reputation for the supply of full finish deep drawing sheets to the car and domestic appliances industries and by now is also internationally recognised as both a pioneer and a leader in the fields of protective and decorative coatings on sheet steel. One fifth of its annual output is being coated and six coating processes are in use, namely hot dip galvanising, electro galvanising, paint spraying, p.v.c. lamination, nickel plating and aluminium powder coating.