British Steel’s unique tophat shaft guide section.

Our special profiles for underground mining applications offer multiple benefits, such as simple installation, enhanced corrosion resistance, durability and outstanding strength. The range includes tophat shaft guides - high-quality, cost effective hoisting systems for use in shafts.


Our steel special profiles are used in underground and surface mining operations. They include products made from wear-resistant steel. We produce profiles for mine infrastructure and a vast array of mining machinery and vehicles.

We have been working with the manufacturers of mining equipment for many years. We know that equipment must be carefully designed and built to meet exacting demands. Customers rely on our steel to deliver the performance they need.

Products and benefits

Our products include:

  • Tophat shaft guide sections for guiding cages and skips in mine shafts 
  • Conveyor channel sections used for manufacturing long wall or chain conveyors

Tophat shaft guides

Tophat shaft guides offer many benefits including easier installation and reduced maintenance. Their properties, including close-dimensional control and straightness, mean less swing in the shaft and a smoother, faster lift. Tophat sections generally last for the life of the mine.

Our corrosion-resistant shaft guide products deliver outstanding strength. They also offer a number of benefits including simple installation, longer life and ease of inspection for improved safety. 


Shaft guides are available in lengths from 6 to 17 metres, with a cutting tolerance of +100/-0mm. 
Cold sawn lengths are also available to suit individual requirements, with a +0/-2mm cutting tolerance.

Standard steel grades

  • EN 10025-2: 2004, S275J0+AR, S355JR+AR, S355J2+AR
  • SANS 50025-2: 2009, S275J0+AR, S355JR+AR, S355J2+AR
  • CSA G40.21-04: 2004, 300W, 350W, 350WT
  • AS/NZS 3679.1: Grade 350

Contact us

Please contact us for further information on the range of profiles and steel grades available.