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Common Uses for Stainless Steel

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Common Uses for Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable, sterilizable, and can be used in various applications. Everyone comes into contact with stainless steel products daily. Stainless steel can be found in our kitchens, on the road, at the doctor's office, and in our buildings. I'll go through some of the most frequent characteristics, products, and usage of this adaptable metal today.

Unlike regular steel, stainless steel is not prone to corrosion, rusting, or discoloration when exposed to water. However, this does not mean that it is fully stain-proof. Stainless steel is susceptible to discoloration in environments with low oxygen, excessive salt, or inadequate air circulation.

Products and Applications of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is typically utilized in applications that require the distinctive qualities of steel and corrosion resistance. This alloy is manufactured into coils, sheets, plates, bars, wire, and tubing.

The following are some of the most common uses for it:

Food & Dairy Processing Machinery

Stainless steel is utilized in kitchen accessories, cutlery, and cookware. Knife blades with sharp edges are made from less ductile types of steel. More ductile types of steel are employed for goods that must be molded into shapes, such as cookers, grills, sinks, and saucepans. Stainless steel is also used to finish refrigerators, freezers, countertops, and dishwashers.


Stainless steel is increasingly being used in the automotive industry. Stainless steel has traditionally been utilized in automotive exhaust systems, trim, and grilles. Still, new emission reduction rules and environmental concerns are pushing manufacturers to use them in structural components.


Stainless steel is highly preferred in the aviation industry. Because of its strength and capacity to tolerate severe temperatures, it is utilized in various applications, including plane frames. It can also be used in jet engines to keep them from rusting.

SCAN TUBE STEEL serves the Canadian market out of Toronto, Canada, and maintains a commitment to quality through ISO 9001:2015 & AS 9120B certification.

NEBETCO STAINLESS is our American branch based in Buffalo, NY.

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