What is Wire Cloth or Woven Metal?

Industrial wire cloth (also referred to as woven metal) is a metal fabric, produced by weaving metal wires together. It's manufactured in several weave styles, with many different combinations of wire diameters and aperture sizes.

Industrial pressed components made from Locker wire cloth
Industrial filters made from Locker wire cloth

Wire Cloth Weave Types

Multiplex wire mesh


Reverse Dutch Weave

Reverse Dutch

Twill Dutch Weave

Twill Dutch

Plain Dutch Weave

Plain Dutch

Twill Weave

Twill Weave

Twill Weave

Plain Weave

Varying the weave pattern means we can vary the design, strength, density and rigidity of the resulting metal cloth.  Read more about weave types.

How is wire cloth made?

Metal wires are woven on industrial weaving looms to a precise specification, leaving either square or rectangular gaps between the wires.  Locker wire cloth is created by weaving metal on automatic rapier-style looms to precisely control the number of wires making up the finished woven metal. This closely regulated approach maintains a consistency in both aperture size and cloth thickness.

High quality woven metal cloth, made from 304 or 316 Stainless Steel wire, is stocked by Locker as standard. Many specifications are also available in other metals, such as Plain Mild Steel, Galvanized Steel, Monel and Non-Ferrous Metals.  View the full list of metals used for Locker wire cloth.

Coarse woven metal
Fine woven metal
Phosphor bronze wire cloth
Shiny, stainless steel woven metal


What is it used for?

An enormous range of specifications can be achieved by varying the wire diameter, metal type and aperture size. Specifications range from the finest sheer gauze fabric to heavy duty rigid screens and this versatility means that wire cloth can be used for a vast range of applications.

As well as many uses within the domestic environment, Locker woven wire is commonly used for a myriad of industrial filtration, sieving, shielding, sifting, screening, sorting and separation processes.  We offer a range of wire cloth products designed to cater for common industrial processes, and regularly work with customers to develop custom solutions to meet their unique requirements.

Woven metal is an extremely flexible and malleable material. It can be shaped to suit precise requirements and edged to fit to any structure. It is durable and performs well under high temperatures and pressures. It is widely used within the oil and gas industry plus pharmaceuticals, recycling, automotive and electronics to name but a few.

Locker woven metal cloth can be supplied in a number of different ways:

  • On the roll
  • 'As cut' from the roll
  • Pre-cut to size in pieces, discs or strips
  • Formed into shapes, welded, edged or finished to specification by our specialist team

Find out more about the History of Wire Weaving.

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