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Special Metric Materials (SMM), independent stockist of metric and ISO stainless steel piping systems, is pleased to announce it is celebrating a successful first six months of trading.

Special Metric Materials

We are putting our success down to our experienced team, comprehensive stock, strong network of relationships across many different sectors and efficient customer service.

The procurement of a prominent warehouse space in Audenshaw, an expert sales team and a large stock of Metric Tru-Bore® and ISO stainless steel piping and fittings, means that SMM looks set to have a bright future.

Our comprehensive stock range of tubular piping products means that we can cater for a wide range of industries across the UK including Process Industries, Water, Food & Drink, Chemical & Pharmaceutical, Renewable Energy and  Building Services.

Our specialist sales and customer service team can advise to customers from all of these industries to ensure that that the products they are buying are fit for purpose, are supplied on time and meet rigorous quality standards.

We are backed by sister company Special Piping Materials (SPM) – a leading global stockholder of exotic piping, fittings and flanges which is also headquartered in Manchester. It is the first time that the internationally accredited specialist has branched out into a new sector.

SPM has an impressive 33-year history and is an established market leader in the exotic piping industry. It has grown from a single office in Manchester to a global network of seven sales offices and warehouses across five continents and was featured in last year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.

Special Metric Materials company structure

Les and Paul Buckley and Alex Forth from SPM are taking the lead at SMM, supporting the sales and logistics team.

Founder and CEO of Special Piping Materials and Special Metric Materials, Les Buckley, said: “SPM has always been an ambitious company and our growth over the past three decades is a testament to that. Despite the recent difficulties in the world, we felt like it was the right time to branch out into a new market and identified the potential within the metric and ISO stainless steel piping sector in the UK.

“Our knowledge of the exotic piping world means we were perfectly positioned to pivot into the metric world. Having already established a robust infrastructure, a skilled sales team and strong industry contacts for SMM, we are confident that we are going to make the company a success.”

Alex Forth, managing director at SPM and director at SMM, said: “We are excited about what the future holds. Being an independent and family-owned company means that we can be faster, more efficient and more responsive to the needs of our clients.

“We chose to be headquartered in Manchester as it means we will be able to provide a reliable next-day delivery service across the UK, which is crucial if we are to remain a vital part of the supply chain in the fast-paced industries we are part of.”

SMM has a large and comprehensive stock of standard and bespoke stainless steel pipes, tubes, fittings, flanges and valves that it is supplying to the water, food and drink, chemical, renewable energy, building services and process industries across the UK.

Special Metric Materials is working with a network of reputable stainless steel mills across Europe to ensure that it has access to the highest quality stainless steel tubular and piping products.

In contrast, Special Piping Materials carries an extensive range of piping products in a variety of high-grade exotic materials including Duplex, Super Duplex, 6% Moly and Nickel Alloy. Its products are used across numerous industries worldwide, including Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Nuclear, FPSO, LNG and Water Treatment.

To contact Special Metric Materials, email:, phone: 0161 343 0840, or visit the website:

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