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APPLICATIONS OF STEEL PRODUCTS IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES

Which industries use steel products?

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  4. Industry and home appliances
  5. Packaging

Steel is one of materials most used for construction. It is also regularly used in industries such as vehicle engineering and manufacturing. It is estimated that there are over 20 billion tons of steel in use today. This is the equivalent of more than 2 tons of steel for every person on Earth.

In addition to being the most used material on the planet, steel is also the most recycled material. Steel in its different alloys and shapes can offer different properties that can meet a variety of your needs, from high temperature steels and stainless steels to flat carbon products.

See our range of Carbon Steel products

Steel can be described as an alloy of carbon, iron and other metals and non-metals. To achieve the desired properties, the steel composition is precisely adjusted. As the metal combines a relatively low production cost, as well as providing high strengths, steel is now used as construction material in numerous fields. Here are the applications of steel in different industries.

Use of Steel in the Automotive Industry in Brazil

TRANSPORT INDUSTRY

Forged steels used in engineering industries are designed to meet certain specific levels of strength and corrosion resistance. And since products made from steels are expected to withstand a fair amount of stress, they are also designed with ductility and even elasticity in mind.

While these types of steel are expected to be used in other industries such as manufacturing and engineering, most of it goes into the manufacture of transportation vehicles. Steel accounts for more than half the weight of an average car. Most cars and other vehicles today make use of advanced steels from high resistance or AHSS.

Steel is ideal for vehicle construction because it is lightweight and requires less energy to manufacture, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Different types of steel are used for different parts of the vehicle, such as frame, doors, steering, wheel axles, interior, suspension, gearbox and engine.

Steel is also an ideal material for marine applications because it can resist rust better than other common shipbuilding metals such as bronze, galvanized steel or brass. Chemical tankers often represent the largest steel applications because they need a material that is easily manufactured, capable of being thoroughly cleaned when changing cargo, strong and extremely durable.

The Automobile industry uses a lot of thin sheets in its bodywork, see our product line;

Cold Thin Plate

Hot Thin Plate

Use of Steel in the Civil Construction Industry in Brazil

ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

In the construction industry, a sustainable material like steel allows structures to be built quickly at a low price. Steel comes in various alloys and shapes, it can be designed to meet the demands of every project.

Steel can even be surface treated or alloyed differently for protection from the elements. These properties of steel allow it to be incorporated into a building's infrastructure in virtually any type of environment.

The turn of the 20th century saw the development of more efficient techniques for producing steel. These production improvements contribute to the advent of the skyscraper as well as the growth of railroads across the world. In fact, many famous historic structures, such as the Empire State, owe their strength and longevity steel as its main building material.

Today, steel is one of the most important components of the construction industry, accounting for more than fifty percent of the world's steel production. From homes to parking lots to schools and skyscrapers, most buildings depend on their strength and durability.

The construction industry also continues to look to steel to provide solutions to the infrastructure needs of developing countries, enabling wind-resistant and protective coastal designs.

Some products we supply to the Construction Industry are our Calendered Tubes and Metal Jackets for Bridge and Viaduct constructions. In addition to Heavy Equipment for various industrial segments.

Use of Steel in the Power Generation Industry in Brazil

ENERGY INDUSTRY

Most, if not all, segments of the energy sector demand the use of steel for its excellent durability . Energy sectors such as electric power, natural gas, wind power and even nuclear, need steel to function properly.

Steel has also been used for the extraction of resources that are used for energy production. It is present in heavy machinery such as forklifts offshore platforms, earth moving and quarry equipment and cranes.

The types of steels used in the production of machinery used in energy production, such as pipelines and offshore platforms, include stainless steel, high strength, carbon and microalloyed. These properties are necessary in steel used in energy projects because they will be used in demanding environments.

INDUSTRY AND APPLIANCES

Steel weighs about 75% of the weight of a typical appliance. In fact, steel can be found in home appliances like refrigerators, ovens, sinks, washing machines, microwaves, cutlery, and many others.

Many industrial goods such as storage tanks, tools, agricultural vehicles and machinery, walkways, protective equipment and structures are also made largely of steel.

PACKAGING INDUSTRY

Steel is an invaluable material in the packaging industry as it can protect your products from elements like exposure to air, water and light, which can do a lot of damage to the product. Steel is also fully recyclable, which can reduce production costs and help the environment.

Steel allows for a package that can be filled at high speed, is light and easy to open. The steel that is used for packaging is usually made from cold-rolled, low-carbon steel strips with surfaces that have been finished. The steel is then coated with tin to reduce corrosion. Finally, the steel is coated with a polymer, sealed and printed.

Steel also lacks the cracks or pores that are often present in other packaging materials that can harbor bacteria or food particles, as steel is naturally scratch resistant and has a protective coating. This can help prevent foodborne illness and improve the shelf life of your food. It also makes the surface of your steel food packaging very easier to clean after use.

Most steels used for packaging end up in food and beverage containers, followed by a general line, aerosols, and caps such as bottle caps.

CONCLUSION ON STEEL

Steel has a wide range of applications in different sectors such as transportation, construction and packaging.

Thanks to its properties such as high durability, corrosion resistance, strength and low cost, it is the most preferred material by contractors, engineers, architects and manufacturers.

This makes life easier and more convenient, not only for the builders, but also for the people who enjoy all this material.

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