There is very exciting news on the horizon for the stainless-steel market, with it being predicted to expand by 5.5% over the next decade (2020-2030). This is due to the fact that stainless steel’s use is growing in popularity in lots of different industries; with its versatile properties such as anti-corrosion and fire resistance, we don’t need to wonder why. A few examples of industries promoting this growth are:

  • Chemicals
  • Petrochemicals
  • Kitchenware
  • Automotive
  • Hospitality
  • Pharmaceuticals


Austenitic stainless steel (non-magnetic stainless steel containing high levels of nickel and chromium) is expected to remain the largest grade used in the market due to its utilisation in pharmaceutical equipment, chemical enterprise, kitchenware, device, and storage production—more than 77% of stainless steel was bought within these industries in 2021. This is because of how ideal it is as a material with its amazing weldability and its lack of magnetic properties when it is tempered.


With said properties, the material has a lot of architectural capabilities being used for:

  • Roofing
  • Staircases
  • Swimming pool shades
  • Canopies
  • Lifts
  • Staircases
  • Railings


Stainless steel takes the advantage over other materials in its domain, such as carbon steel, as it has combinations of pliability, low maintenance costs, and an average product life cycle. Not to mention the aesthetic properties of stainless steel, which result in it being used for lots of different types of jewellery such as rings, watches, bracelets, charms, and earrings, which are always in demand. Sterling steel is very common in the jewellery world, but many people opt for stainless steel due to its natural scratch resistance and durability; sterling silver is prone to breakages as it is a naturally softer material, so those seeking more life out of their jewellery usually prefer stainless steel.


The steel industry has actually gone through a state of oversupply because of lots of production of different steel, including stainless, by China. This oversupply of steel has made it actually fall in price, which affects the business of manufacturers around the world. The growing changes in the price of stainless steel have been studied for the past decade, which also affected industries significantly. A big fall in stainless steel prices and raised raw material costs have been found to reduce the profit margins of steelmakers and their distributors dramatically.


It is predicted that East Asia is expected to stay the most dominant market for stainless steel during this decade because of lots of consumption from end-use industries to match the extremely high production rate in this region, particularly in China which is actually predicted to take accountability for over 3/5ths of the stainless steel that is produced globally.


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