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Wire rod is a long steel semi-finished product manufactured by hot rolling billets on continuous rolling mills. It has a round cross-section and is wound up in coils.
Unlike other steel products, wire rod exhibits a significant commodity range variety; based on its chemical composition the following families of products and their differing corresponding uses can be identified:
mild steel rod, used to manufacture welded mesh and drawn rods (black, annealed and coated)
wire rod with medium or high carbon content, used to manufacture drawn
special steel rods used in hot and cold die-pressing, drawing and extrusion.
Rods for industrial use
Bright rods to be chromium-plate used in house-furnishing, in white goods and agriculture
Pre-stressed reinforced steel
Wire for electrode and submerged arc continuous welding