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    What Are The Benefits of Stainless Steel

    Why Use Stainless Steel?

    Sta-Lok has used stainless steel in the manufacture of wire rope fittings, wire rope assemblies and tie rod systems since 1973. There are a number of benefits of stainless steel, which include: durability, corrosion, cleanliness and aesthetics. We cover each of these in-depth below. 

    Generally appreciated as “Marine Grade” due to its overall corrosion resistance properties. 316 stainless steel is aesthetically pleasing whilst offering better mechanical properties than other materials. To understand why stainless steel is used so widely in fabrication, rigging, cable manufacturing etc, it’s important to know the properties of stainless steel and what it’s made up of. 

    What is 316 Stainless Steel?

    316 grade is an austenitic stainless steel which is made up of 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum. The molybdenum is added to protect the stainless against the elements such as salt water, for instance, and increases corrosion resistance which is why this type of steel is commonly used in offshore and marine applications. Although 316 stainless steel isn’t the cheapest option of steel, it will save you lots in the long run due to its reliability, strength and corrosion resistance, particularly if the application is outdoors.

    What Are The Benefits of 316 Stainless Steel?

    Corrosion resistance

    Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion. Due to the elements of stainless steel, it has a thin, transparent layer on its surface. This unique chemical composition creates a surface that repairs itself quickly when it is damaged. Repairing itself quickly allows the metal to resist corrosion and rust. This is the reason that stainless steel does not require any additional coating or protection to retain is appearance even after prolonged periods of time.

    Cleanliness & Hygiene

    Stainless steel is one of the most hygienic materials and does not support the growth of bacteria and other pathogens. Due to its smooth, sheen-like surface, stainless steel is low maintenance and easy to keep clean and sanitise. Easy maintenance makes it the perfect choice for environments where cleanliness is necessary.


    The austenitic microstructure of the 300 series stainless steel provides high toughness making it one of the most durable metals, retaining its strength and is very susceptible to brittleness in very high and low temperatures and weather extremes.

    Aesthetic appearance

    Stainless steel is available in a variety of surface finishes. The bright, easily maintained surface of stainless steel provides lasting looks and a modern and attractive appearance. 

    When coupled with its low maintenance requirements, low environmental impact and high corrosion resistance, it is a compelling argument to use sustainable and beautiful material.


    Truly sustainable materials should not only meet the intended design life requirements but should also be recaptured at the end and recycled.  The long-life span is often a reason for choosing stainless steel in the first place. However, there are times when stainless steel comes to the end of its useful life.

    Another of the many benefits of Stainless steel is that it’s 100% recyclable. As a result, you can recapture and reuse the main alloying elements after the life of the design requirements.

    The UK, USA and World Green Building Councils recognise the environmental benefits of using high recycled content materials, and their respective green building rating systems award points for their use. The average recycled content of stainless steel is 60%, with some steel producers now achieving up to 80% reclaimed material.

    Manufacturing Products From 316 Stainless Steel

    As a premium UK manufacturer, Sta-Lok manufactures products in an ethical and eco-friendly manner and recycles 100% of all stainless steel waste produced in the manufacturing process. To find out more about Sta-Lok’s supply of stainless steel. Contact us today.

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    The Benefits of Stainless Steel

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