What is Wire rod?
Hot rolled from low, medium and high carbon or alloy steel, billet, wire rod is delivered as coil, most commonly at 5.5mm diameter, but in sizes upto 60mm diameter close control of final cooling is a criticial part of production.
Low carbon rod is used for undemanding applications like fencing wire and concrete reinforcing mesh, while medium and high carbon rod goes into higher performance uses like steel cord for car tyre reinforcement.
Some rod (cold heading carbon and alloy grades) is used to make fastners (bolts, screws, nails, rivets), and alloy rod is commonly machined into products like engineering bearings. Some rod provides filler metal in welding operations.