The First One Hundred Years

Stainless steel: 1912-2012

Pascal Payet-Gaspard, Secretary-General, International Stainless Steel Forum -

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Success has many fathers. The family of iron-chromium alloys known collectively as “stainless steel” can indeed claim many fathers, ranging from Pierre Berthier of France (perhaps more properly thought of as a “grandfather”) to Elwood Haynes of the United States.

One thing the early history of stainless steels taught us is that innovation in metallurgy is not necessarily a smooth continuum. Assorted insights and innovations, both small and large, have contributed to our understanding of why stainless steel resists corrosion and how corrosion resistance, strength, ductility and high-temperature strength can be expressed in different grades.

To help mark the occasion, this special edition of Nickel magazine has been prepared. As you read it you will see how far stainless steel has evolved and how it affects literally every aspect of society.

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