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.

Application sectors

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.

Stainless steel is used in petroleum extraction wells where high temperatures and pressure lead to difficult operating situations. Regarding the distribution of hydrocarbon steel, the use of stainless steel is ideal thanks to its structural and economic characteristics in the construction of oil and gas pipelines.
These characteristics are also invaluable in the chemical and petrochemical industries which require a strong resistance to the corrosive effects that chemicals have on the pipes. Used within furnaces, turbines, and condensers, it is safe to say that stainless steel is used on all the main parts of electrical energy equipment.
Stainless steel laminate is very common in the production of household appliances. Regarding food storage, stainless steel is an ideal material thanks to its hygienic qualities as well as its resistance to bacteria and corrosion.

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