ISSF celebrates 100 years of Stainless Steel

Apr 30, 2012 | 07:00 PM | Myra Pinkham

Tags  International Stainless Steel Forum, stainless steel, Myra Pinkham

Stainless steel might be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but with its unique properties and producers’ ability to tweak its alloying ingredients to fit multiple end-use applications, it remains well-suited to meet today’s challenges, industry players say.

The exact birthdate of stainless steel is unclear, given that five or six people claimed to have invented the corrosion- and heat-resistant material. Nevertheless, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) unit of the World Steel Association will mark stainless steel’s 100th anniversary with a traveling exhibition that will premiere at the group’s annual conference May 15 in Beijing.

The exhibition—co-sponsored by members of the Team Stainless network, which includes the ISSF as well as Euro-Inox, the International Chromium Development Association, the International Molybdenum Association and the Nickel Institute—will retrace the history of stainless steel, as well as provide reminders of its major markets and applications, its raw materials, its ability to be recycled and its cost advantages, said ISSF secretary-general Pascal Payet-Gaspard.

Other groups are expected to celebrate next year, as some place the commercialization of stainless steel as starting in 1913, not 1912.

Despite its centennial celebration, stainless steel is a relative newcomer to the materials world. "Some (original equipment manufacturers) act as if it was just invented recently," quipped Michael Stateczny, executive vice president of Outokumpu Stainless Inc.’s plate products unit in New Castle, Ind. "But the industry has clearly made a lot of progress over the years. While stainless is now 100 years old, it is clearly a material for the 21st Century. Its future is very bright. With its corrosion resistance, high strength-to-weight ratio and high-temperature resistance, stainless steel has the characteristics to be used in very demanding environments and to meet current and future global challenges, including helping to supply fresh water, clean air and energy." ....

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