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Featured Story

Our Featured Story archive is a collection of the Featured Story’s which have been published in our magazine and taken pride of place as the ‘unique feature article’ on our Stainless Steel World home page. In addition to industry updates, market news and topical issues of the day the Feature Story provides an interesting mix of company profiles, in-depth technical articles, reports from major end users and features projects in a variety of industries ranging from oil & gas, chemical and petrochemical to the architecture, power generation, medical and food and beverage industries.

3D-printed titanium goes mainstream

In recent years, the fate of 3D printing and special metals have become intertwined. Manufacturing in titanium has become both easier and more sustainable, bearing fruit in better products and new alloys. Aerospace and orthopaedics are the industries that benefit most, but auto parts, sports equipment, tooling, mining and oil & gas are also increasingly reliant on 3D-printed titanium. The recent pandemic disrupted the titanium markets, but the long-term fundamentals have not changed.

A quick guide to stainless steel: categories, corrosion and welding

This article has been produced for those who need a basic understanding of stainless steels. For example, engineering students, sales staff, equipment manufacturers, fabricators, etc. This article presents relevant stainless steel information in three parts: classification, welding and corrosion.

Navoiy nitric acid plant in Uzbekistan

Designed to deliver maximum energy efficiency and to be environmentally-friendly, a new nitric acid plant in Uzbekistan is helping to boost the country’s chemical industry. For an overview of how the plant was successfully finalized during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as details of the materials used in its construction, SSW India & ME contacted Senior Mechanical Engineer Flavio Pedon from EPC company Casale.

Welding dairy and food pipes

Most industries using stainless steel pipes do so because of their corrosion resistance. The dairy and food sectors are major users of stainless steels since the end products must be contamination free. Pipe and tube joints inevitably contain crevices and any build-up of contaminants here present a potential problem. Large facilities manufactured by major producers such as Alfa Laval AB in Sweden can contain not just metres but kilometres of pipes and joints.

Shiseido Nasu factory

When Japanese cosmetic producer Shiseido decided to open a new manufacturing facility, they wanted it to be a showcase for their renowned beauty products. A decorative installation utilizes stainless steel panels to invoke “smooth skin” in a show-stopping lobby decoration.

Exclusive interior design with stainless mesh

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is located in the centre of Msheireb in Downtown Doha, close to the Museum of Islamic Art and the new National Museum of Qatar. In the spa area of the hotel, room-high privacy screens made of painted stainless steel have been installed.

IMOA publishes updated Life Cycle Inventory Dataset

The International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) has published an updated Life Cycle Inventory dataset for Molybdenum Products for Metallurgical Applications.


If you want to see science fiction at work, visit a modern machine shop, where 3D printers create materials in just about any shape you can imagine. NASA is exploring the technique to build rocket engines as well as potential outposts on the Moon and Mars. Nearer in the future is a different milestone: NASA’s Perseverance rover, which lands on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021, carries 11 metal parts made with 3D printing.

Huge potential for biogas in West India

According to a recent report by German Biomass Research Institute DBFZ, all the preconditions required to develop a biogas industry can already be found in West India. For some inside information SSW India & Middle East contacted Erich Stallkamp ESTA GmbH, one of the world’s leading companies for biogas components.

India’s burgeoning H2O2 sector means good news for stainless steel suppliers

The market for a key industrial chemical is set to grow, according to a recent report by Global Market Insights. They valued the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 ) market size at around USD 4.8 billion in 2019 and forecast a growth rate of over 5.7% CAGR from the period of 2020 to 2026. Major factors driving this progression include the growing demand worldwide for pulp & paper plus increased propylene oxide production. The outlook for growth seems especially strong in India.