Tubing is crucial for mineral exploration and development

Many industries rely on steel tubing for a variety of processes. In some cases the tube is crucial for operations. We work to facilitate these by providing the best ERW steel tubes in the West Midlands. Businesses can deal with us in full confidence because we maximise quality in every sense.

One industry where tubing is very important is mineral exploration and development. This is one of the most invaluable industries in the world because it supplies the materials we need to make all kinds of products. There is also more pressure today to supply things like copper and lithium. They are vital materials for electric vehicles, wind turbines, and other eco-friendly technologies.

An interesting case study

ERW steel tubes West MidlandsAustralia has one of the most interesting recent histories when it comes to mineral exploration and development. It was a hotspot in the 90s. At the time as much as a quarter of global expenditure in the industry was happening here. It was a very attractive location because of the size and presence of minerals in large quantities.

However, by 2015 the situation was very different. Expenditure was down to an eighth, less than half the previous total. The big problem was that there had been so many successful operations. As a result, the easily accessible deposits close to the surface were largely accounted for. The only option was to dig deeper. But, that presents a number of issues with cost and risk.

Sadly the need to dig deeper made many companies choose to move away from Australia. They switched attention to other locations where they could again target deposits close to the surface that are easier to mine. It is often the best way for them to make the biggest profits.

The situation meant Australia needed a change in approach to encourage deep exploration. Success would unlock as much as 70% of the country.


One of the best things here is developments in tube and drilling techniques. High quality coiled tubing (CT) can be a good option. It is a common choice for oil and gas, especially maintenance, but has fewer uses in the mineral industry. Adapting it for drilling can work wonders. It can reduce the size of equipment because it won’t need as many complex bends. Plus, it could save on costs while boosting performance at the same time.

Talk to us if you want the best ERW steel tubes in the West Midlands

At Union Steel Tubes we appreciate the advantages of quality tubing in numerous applications. We do our best to cater for as many of these as we can with our broad range. You can find a selection of wall thicknesses, diameters, and more. We also offer different finishes and can cut tube to any length.

So, if you want to use the finest ERW steel tubes in the West Midlands, contact us. We can supply them for you and even offer advice about different uses if you need professional recommendations.