Stainless demand rising: Outokumpu exec

May 30, 2013 | 12:35 PM | Daniel Fitzgerald

Tags  Outokumpu Stainless USA, Steven Wasil, stainless consumption, automotive, appliances, stainless demand, lightweighting, stainless steel Daniel Fitzgerald

NEW YORK — Stainless steel consumption in the appliance sector is beating expectations and growing in 2013, while the trend toward lightweighting in automotive production also should boost stainless consumption, according to Steven Wasil, Outokumpu Stainless USA LLC’s director of national sales.

An expected drop in stainless steel usage in the appliance sector in 2013 "has not manifested itself," Wasil told AMM in an interview. "What has actually happened is the opposite: we’ve seen continued use of stainless, not only in exposed panel applications such as fridge doors but ... a huge increase in internal components using stainless," he said.....

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