100 years of stainless celebrations begin
The global stainless steel community is marking a century since stainless steels were first created, patented and produced. Over that time, stainless steel has grown to be an integral part of our modern world. To celebrate the anniversaries, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has launched this website –www.stainlesssteelcentenary.info – dedicated to the history of stainless steel and its innovative applications.
A travelling exhibition about stainless steel which will be launched in Beijing (China) on 15 May 2012. After Beijing, the exhibition will move to a number of other locations around the world. As well as the list of celebratory events, this website features many interesting facts about stainless steel, stunning images of stainless steel applications from the past century, and a detailed history of this amazing material.
The metallurgists and industrialists who pioneered the stainless steel industry could scarcely have imagined how it would grow. Production has increased dramatically over the past ten years to a record 31 million metric tonnes in 2010 (see Table 1). That growth is only likely to increase as the sustainability benefits of stainless steel become better known. Its relatively low carbon footprint and 100% recyclability are ensuring that stainless steel will have a major role to play in a sustainable future world.
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