New applications

To encourage the members of worldstainless to increase their work on market development, and to provide inspiration for new ideas, we present Awards at our Annual Conference for the Best New Applications for Stainless Steel in two categories: Best New Technology and Best New Development.

The range of entries has varied widely, giving a good spread of ideas to other members. The purpose of these Awards is not only to reward excellence in individual company achievements but also to increase market development by adding to the pool of creative new ideas.

New Applications Award

In 2024 the following projects were awarded:

Best Market Development Award

In the category of Market Development, the Gold Award was presented to Nippon Yakin Kogyo for their Round-dot patterned stainless steel plate which enables smooth operations when using roll box pallets and similar products on these surfaces. The Polka Plate excels in anti-slip property, cleanability and water drainage. In addition to the already named features, it is also easier to roll box pallets than on traditional patterned steel floors; it also reduces the noise levels. Discover the application here.

The Silver Award was for North American Stainless for the Louvered Pipe for Ground Water Applications (click here) and the Bronze Award was for the Stainless steel coastal fencing solution sent by the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (click here).

Best Technology Award

The Gold Award in the Technology Category was for JFE Steel Corporation for their development of water-solulable belt grinding oil for coil grinding lines. In order to produce attractive stainless steel finishes, or to remove surface defects, the surface of stainless steel strips are sometimes finished by coil grinding line or by coil polishing. The belt grinding oil is used as a lubricant in these lines. Since this belt grinding oil is based on mineral oil, it is flammable, and there is a high risk of fire occurring by the accidents such as strip breakages or various other equipment troubles. In collaboration with Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., JFE Steel Corporation have developed a water-soluble belt grinding oil that has better grinding properties than mineral oil-based belt grinding oils. The grinding oil reduced the risk of fire and costs. Discover more about this oil here.

POSCO was the winner of the Silver and Bronze Awards, for the high conductive ferritic stainless steel for solid oxide fuel cell separator (click here) and the austenitic stainless steel with high strength and cryogenic toughness for liquefied hydrogen environment (click here) respectively.

For all other entries click here.

For the entries of previous years, please click on the year: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Book of New Applications

The Books of New Applications include examples of stainless steel applications from around the world. They are available as a pdf in several languages. Clicking on the language will open the pdf.

Applications for stainless steel long products

Stainless steel is often associated with corrosion resistance... and quite rightly. However, stainless steel can do much more thanks to its other properties. 

The examples in this booklet illustrate just some of the many uses for stainless steel long products. Such a wide variety of applications and processing routes call for over 200 stainless grades, a complexity inherent to long products.

Download the booklet
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