Stainless Steel FAQ

Stainless Steel FAQ


Q.  What is stainless steel used for?


A.  Stainless steel is an iron alloy that is used in a wide range of everyday applications because of its exceptional resistance to stain and rust. There are more than 57 types of stainless steels that are used in an extensive number of applications and industries, such as building exteriors and roofing, water supply piping, bulk materials handling equipment, sporting goods, and many more.


The food processing industry in North America is one of the largest users of stainless steel, utilizing about 200,000 tons per year on a variety of products, such as commercial stainless steel sinks, stainless steel kitchen shelves, and stainless steel work tables. Because of its durability, economy, sanitary design, easy cleaning, and good corrosion resistance, stainless steel is used in many food processing and cooking equipment.


Q.  What raw materials are used to make stainless steel?


A.  Stainless steel is made up of some of the most common and basic elements found in the earth: iron ore, silicon, nickel, chromium, carbon, manganese, and nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important element since it improves ductility and corrosion resistance, which makes it valuable for use in duplex stainless steels that are commonly used in NSF sinks and utility sinks.