5 uses of steel you may not be aware of

At Kloeckner we know a lot about steel. We are the largest mill independent multi-metal stockholder and distributor in the UK and pride ourselves on our extensive expertise in and knowledge of the steel and metals industry.

Steel is one of the most widely used materials, with applications in construction, engineering, agriculture and the manufacture of cars. With more than 50% of all products in the world coming from steel and steel fabrication processes, it is estimated that there are over 20 billion tonnes of steel currently in use!

Boasting a range of different properties and availability in various forms, it’s no wonder that steel is a component in many different applications. However, it isn’t just construction, automotive and engineering that benefit from the use of steel.

We’ve taken a look at the uses of steel you may not be aware of.

Brewing beer

If you’re a fan of a chilled beer, you’re about to become a fan of stainless steel!

Stainless steel is the best material for all types of brewing, coffee and tea included, but it is particularly good at brewing beer, producing the best and most enhanced flavour.

This is due to the fact that the stainless steel isn’t altered in any way during the brewing process and therefore doesn’t interfere with the original flavour of the beer.

Food storage

Did you know? Over 1,500 different food products come in steel packaging.

That’s because steel food containers and packaging eradicate the need for preservatives! They are the most tamper-resistant and safe option for food packaging and allows confidence in the food supply.

 

Computers

Yes, 25% of the average computer is made from steel!

Steel is often used as computer casing because of its durability and soundproofing qualities.

 

Hygiene

Stainless steel soap bars, anyone?

So, they may not kill germs or bacteria but it is said that stainless steel has the properties to neutralise strong odours such as garlic, onion and fish from your hands. The sulphur from these foods it attracted to and binds with one of the metals in stainless steel. The formation of these compounds is what makes stainless steel, stainless.

Why not try it next time you’re in the kitchen!

Music

Or the sweet sound of a piano, to be precise!

You might not associate steel with the delicate sounds of a piano but in actual fact, a strong material is required to handle the tensions and vibration needed to create the music.

The strings found inside a piano, or piano wire, are made from a strong high carbon steel. This product has a high strength and viscosity – perfect to withstand the continuous pulling and vibrations.

 

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