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17 Fascinating Facts About Steel Work

As specialist steel fabricators, we have substantial knowledge about the material of steel. It’s an incredibly popular material for a variety of projects, from forming the framework of a house, to being used for stairs, balconies and many other functions. In this blog, we share some fascinating facts about steel.

1. 1,000 Times Stronger Than Iron

It is estimated that steel is up to 1,000 times stronger than iron when in its purest form.

2. Can Be Recycled from Its Purest Form

Steel is one of the few metals that can be recycled from its purest form without losing any of its original strength. Here are the benefits of steel recycling.

3. Primary Material Used to Create Renewable Energy Systems

Steel is one of the primary materials used to create solar captures, hydropower systems and wind turbines.

A wind turbine

4. Two Million People Employed

Over two million people are currently employed in the steel industry worldwide, and this figure is continually growing as the demand for steel fabricators and other specialists increase. Only 31,000 of those two million are employed in the UK.

5. 75% of All Major Appliances Are Made of Steel

Around 75% of all major appliances are made of steel, and 25% of an average computer is made purely from steel.

6. Steel is More Environmentally Friendly Than Wood

To build a wooden frame for an average UK home, it can take up the resources of more than 40 trees. If the same frame is built from steel, however, it can be made from just eight recycled cars!

7. The Eiffel Tower is Primarily Made of Iron and Steel

Both iron and steel can expand when heated, which means that this grand structure can grow to up to 6-inches taller during the warmer months.

A view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

8. ‘New Steel’ is Up to 30% Stronger

The innovations in the steel industry over the last ten years means that the ‘new steel’ is up to 30% stronger than ever before. Within the ‘new steel’ creations, lightweight alternatives have also been created with a greater level of flexibility, without compromising on strength.

9. Housing and Construction Sector Steel Usage

The most substantial consumer of steel is the housing and construction sector, which uses around 50% of all steel produced globally.

10. Made from Refined Iron

Steel is actually made from refined iron, as most metals are. The majority of iron is crafted into steel.

11. China is the Top Producer of Steel in the World

China is the top producer of steel in the world, followed by India and then Japan. In 2019, China’s crude steel production reached 996.3Mt, followed by 111.2 Mt in India and 99.3Mt in Japan (worldsteel.org).

A world globe showing China

12. Steel Was First Discovered in the 1700s.

Steel was discovered because it was found that by reducing the impurities and adding carbon to wrought iron, they could create the metal alloy that we know today.

13. 500lb of Steel Each

If all of the steel in the world today was divided up by all of the people on the earth today, each person would have around 500lb of steel.

14. More than 3,500 Grades of Steel

According to the World Steel Association, there are more than 3,500 grades of steel, each possessing its own unique environmental, chemical and physical properties. It is part of the reason why steel is so versatile and diverse.

15. Stainless Steel Soap Bars

Stainless steel soap bars became popular in the early 2000s because although the unique bar did not kill germs or bacteria, it has the properties to neutralise strong odours such as garlic on the hands.

16. Most Corrosion-Resistant

Stainless steel gained its name largely from the fact that it is the most corrosion-resistant type of steel available today.

Corroding metal

17. 50% of All Products

More than 50% of all products in the world come from steel fabrication processes. Included in this are bridges, staircases, balconies, boats, aircraft, space stations, office blocks and many other things.

We hope that you have found these facts about steelwork, both informative and interesting. If you are interested in incorporating steel into your home or commercial space, why not get in contact with us?

We design, manufacture and install steel and glass products, from balconies to fabricated structures. If you would like to learn more about what we offer or how we can help you with your next project, get in touch! You can give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

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