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What is stainless steel

Originally, stainless steel was developed for cutlery; its use was later expanded to cover a wide range of steel types and grades for the industrial applications which were looking for the corrosion or oxidation resistance for a specific application or environment.



Inox or Stainless steel, is essentially a low carbon steel which contains chromium at 10% or more by weight. It is this addition of chromium that gives the steel its unique stainless, corrosion-resisting properties, the most important stainless steel feature.

The corrosion resistance and other useful properties of the steel such as formability and strength, to name just two, are enhanced by increased chromium content and the addition of other elements, like molybdenum, nickel and/or nitrogen.

Advantages of stainless steel

Stainless steel is a corrosion-resistant alloy and therefore has a long useful life. For decades, over 90% of stainless steel products have been produced from recycled scrap metal, so saying that the stainless steel industry depends on recycling is not wrong


Although stainless steel may cost a lot initially, comparing it to the length of its useful life and its other properties, it is more cost-effective than the other alternatives. For example, it is more corrosion-resistant than carbon steel or it is stronger than polymer products, like GRP. Stainless steel also offers other useful properties, depending on its type.

Stainless steel can also be used in various industries; even for food and beverage related industries or surgical instruments. There are no proven health risks from using the normal stainless steel. Even the possible risks from alloy elements like nickel and chromium have been reviewed.



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