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When it comes to steel materials, you have a plethora of options, with perhaps one of the most popular options being stainless steel. 

So, let’s take a closer look at some common types of stainless steel before we unpack how to buy stainless steel in Australia. 

Austenitic stainless steel

Austenitic stainless steel, graded 304, 316 and 317, is the most commonly used stainless steel in the market. Due to its high nickel quantity it is also the most expensive steel to use, yet produces the preferred results as it has the highest corrosion resistance as well as being non-magnetic. Austenitic grade stainless can only be hardened by cold work.

Ferritic stainless steel

Ferritic Stainless Steel, grades 430 & 434 are less commonly used than austenitic steel yet still has its place. Like its more common partner, ferritic steel is also hardened solely by cold work. Ferritic steel is magnetic, but cheaper than austenitic steel due to its lower nickel content.

Martensitic stainless steel

The least common of the stainless steels found on the market, martensitic steel has the highest hardness out of any type of stainless steel. Grades 410 and 420, martensitic steel is magnetic, and is hardened through a combination of both cold work and heat treatment.

Buying stainless steel in Australia

Throughout Australia, many suppliers of stainless steel offer wholesale delivery options for their stainless steel products. It is important to note, however, that every supplier will cater to different needs and situations.
Make sure you consider the scope of your projects, how quickly the materials need to be delivered and where they will need to be delivered to. Browse through the list of suppliers below to find one that meets your needs, including some of the following:

• BrayCo
• Atlas Steels Australia
• Stainless Steel Innovators Australia
• MS Stainless Steel
• Austral Wright Metals

Contact us today!

If you have any questions about stainless steel or would like to order quality steel that is fabricated to suit your unique needs, contact Steel Fabrication Services today. Our team of expert structural steel fabricators have the experience and knowledge to answer any of your questions and will ensure that you find the best solution to suit your needs. To contact us today, simply call, fax, email for information or a steel fabrication quote, or drop by our Brookvale location.

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