Stainless Steel - 100 Not Out!100 years of Stainless Steel

2013 marks 100 years since stainless steel was discovered in Sheffield. The BSSA have selected 50 applications and features that demonstrate how stainless steel has influenced our lives so far.



Spinning Around

The first metal tubs for washing began appearing in the early 1900s, made from galvanized steel. These tended to rust after a relatively short period of time. It is estimated that nowadays the average family of 4 does 250 cycles of washing per year which requires a particularly resistant material when in contact with water and other harsh washing chemicals.

Grade 430 (1.4016) stainless steel is the standard material used for the washing machine drum. Its formability and corrosion resistance make it the ideal material to keep our clothes clean and spinning for longer.

The washing machine drum is just one stainless application of many that we come across on a daily basis. Sign up to our campaign to find out more!

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