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Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions that we frequently get asked.

  1. What Is Stainless Steel?
  2. When was stainless steel discovered?
  3. What is stainless steel used for?
  4. Does stainless steel corrode?
  5. What forms of corrosion can occur in stainless steels?
  6. How many types of stainless steel are there?
  7. What are the correct standards for stainless steel?
  8. Is stainless steel non-magnetic?
  9. Can I use stainless steel at low temperatures?
  10. Can I use stainless steel at high temperatures?
  11. What surface finishes are available on stainless steels?
  12. How do I choose which stainless steel to use?
  13. What is 'multiple certification'?

What is stainless steel used for?

Stainless steels of various kinds are used in thousands of applications. The following gives a flavour of the full range:


Domestic – cutlery, sinks, saucepans, washing machine drums, microwave oven liners, razor blades

Architectural/Civil Engineering – cladding, handrails, door and window fittings, street furniture, structural sections, reinforcement bar, lighting columns, lintels, masonry supports

Transport – exhaust systems, car trim/grilles, road tankers, ship containers, ships chemical tankers, refuse vehicles

Chemical/Pharmaceutical – pressure vessels, process piping.

Oil and Gas – platform accommodation, cable trays, subsea pipelines.

Medical – Surgical instruments, surgical implants, MRI scanners.

Food and Drink – Catering equipment, brewing, distilling, food processing.

Water – Water and sewage treatment, water tubing, hot water tanks.

General – springs, fasteners (bolts, nuts and washers), wire.

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Registered Office: Pegasus House, 463A Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2QD

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