Increasing Demand for Stainless Steel Tubing in South Africa

  • Iron has been the most widely used metal for producing tubes and pipes till the beginning of the twenty-first century. However, it is brittle in nature and its capacity to attract rust has made industrialists turn to other options. This is when different alloys of iron were being formed. Stainless Steel is one such alloy, formed by mixing iron, chromium, and nickel. Its versatility caused increased demand and its production shot up in the recent past.


    Why should you choose stainless steel pipes/tubes?

    Now, Stainless Steel has effectively replaced iron for producing tubes. The recent industrial boom in the African region has resulted in high demand for stainless steel tubing, especially in South Africa. The following points will emphasise the key advantages of using stainless steel pipes: (Information Credit –


    • Resistance against corrosion.
    • Resistance against rusting
    • Very high melting point; ability to withstand cryogenic temperatures
    • Chemically unreactive
    • High tensile strength


    These properties make stainless steel the most favoured candidate to be rolled as pipes.


    What sizes do these pipes come in?


    The ductility of stainless steel allows the manufacturer to customise the steel pipes in the wildest ways possible.


    Pipes can be made into any size you want. It is completely up to your requirements.


    Which industries use stainless steel tubing?

    Stainless steel tubes are put to daily use industrially and even in our homes. Here’s list of industries using stainless steel:


    • Domestic: The most common type of pipes used at our houses is made of stainless steel. Pipes/rods in the shower, plumbing under the sink, exposed pipeline, cars, heating apparatus. Steel is used because of its durability.
    • Factories: The trust put on stainless steel tubes is immense. The efficiency and accuracy alone make these pipes desirable. Also, goods produced has to be of top-notch and only steel pipes can deliver that. From water-treatment plants to assembly lines; from dairy to food refineries, stainless steel pipes are used.
    • Medical: Their non-corrosive and unreactive properties make them perfect for use in steel braces, protective railings, surgical tools, orthopaedics, bone plates, medical machinery. Their use is nearly endless.
    • Construction: Stainless steel pipes are the backbones on construction, literally. Construction pilings, supporting the weight of entire buildings, are the most apparent uses. It is often used in the construction of ships.
    • Transportation of materials: LNG, CNG, Nuclear fuels, Petroleum; most of the fuels get transferred through stainless steel pipes.


    What Type of Stainless Steel Tubes Should I Get?

    You can make an educated decision after knowing the main types of stainless steel pipes produced:


    • Seamless Pipe

    This type of pipe does not contain any seams or weld joints. It is capable of withstanding high pressure.


    • Welded Pipes

    This type of pipe is used throughout all the major industries. It is better known for its resistance against corrosion. This is the most cost-effective solution for a lot of problems.


    • Flanges

    Pipe flanges are very important in terms of use in the piping industry. They can be slip-on, blinds, lap-joints and threaded.


    Here is a perfectly detailed summary of everything you need to know before making your order.