Corrosion resistance

All stainless steels exhibit high resistance to corrosion, making them suitable for a wide range of environments. Low alloyed grades resist corrosion in atmospheric conditions; highly alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions, and chloride-bearing environments, even at elevated temperatures and pressures.

High and low-temperature resistance

Some grades will resist scaling and maintain high strength at very high temperatures, while others demonstrate exceptional toughness at cryogenic conditions.

Ease of fabrication

Stainless steel is highly versatile and can be easily cut, welded, formed, machined, and fabricated, allowing for efficient manufacturing processes.


The cold work hardening properties of many stainless steels can enable design optimisation by reducing material thickness, weight, and associated costs. Other stainless steels may be heat treated to produce very high-strength components.

Aesthetic appeal

Stainless steel is available in many surface finishes. It is easily and simply maintained resulting in a high quality, pleasing appearance.

Hygienic properties

Stainless steel's cleanability makes it the first choice in environments where hygiene is critical, such as hospitals, kitchens, and food and pharmaceutical processing facilities.

Life cycle characteristics

As a durable and low-maintenance material, stainless steel often proves to be the most cost-effective option in life cycle cost comparisons.

100% recyclable and sustainable

Stainless steel boasts 100% recyclability, with approximately 90% recycling efficiency and recycling rates. It has low embodied energy over the life of its products and can be reused and re-purposed without losing its quality, making it one of the world's most environmentally-friendly materials.