Capabilities   /  Steel Pickling

Removes impurities for a better end product.

Pickling prepares steel for further processing, by removing the oxide scale and other impurities that can form during steelmaking, transportation, and storing. Hot rolled steel is processed through a diluted acid bath to produce a steel surface free of scale, rust, inorganic contaminants, and stains.


Improve how steel performs on your line.

Oxide scale and other surface impurities are abrasive, decreasing formability and die life in drawing applications. Also, oxide scale affects how well metallic coatings and paint adhere to a steel surface. Your pickling process will be designed to yield cleaned, oiled steel with excellent surface quality and optimum metallurgical conditioning for your needs.


Our processes include the latest push-pull technology.

Push-pull pickling allows us to process a wider range of steel grades. It also opens up more flexible scheduling for you. The "pickle bath" that we run the coil through is a diluted solution of inorganic acid, usually hydrochloric.

The hydrochloric acid is reused to neutralize alkaline wastewater at treatment plants.


We pickle a broad range of dimensions.

Technical DataUSMetric
Material Thickness0.050” - 0.560”1.3 - 14.2mm
Material Width24” – 74”609.6 - 1879.6mm
Incoming OD (max)84”2133.6mm
Outgoing ID (max)24”609.6mm
Coil Weight90,000lbs40823.3kg

We can take your steel farther.

No need to ship pickled steel elsewhere for further processing. We’re a one-stop shop, with the expertise, experience, and capacity to do slitting, temper rolling, annealing, and more.

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