STAINLESS STEEL: NEW APPLICATIONS
Stainless steel has always been highly valued for its use in industrial applications thanks to the diversity in which it can be used. Today products derived from stainless steel are used in each sector of our daily lives, and in the last one hundred years, the stainless steel industry has changed considerably. Technological advances have made the stainless steel industry the backbone of industrial development in every economic sector. The worldwide production of stainless steel has reached approximately 800 million tons annually, of which 160 million are produced in Europe. In Italy the production in recent years has reached between 24 and 27 million tons, while the use of stainless steel in Italy is second in all of Europe, reaching more than 30 million tons.
Thanks to its strong resistance against environmental elements, stainless steel is a vital material in the building and construction sectors. Thanks to its being flexible, lightweight, resistant to extreme temperatures, and attractive, stainless steel is often chosen for modern architecture projects. The transportation industry is a sector that consistently chooses stainless steel, where a single car’s construction can be fifty to seventy percent steel. It is also widely used in the railroad, naval, and aeronautic industries.