Brochures and posters

Brochures and posters are available in the areas of Categories, grades and product forms, Fabrication, Health, Safety and Environment, Sustainability, Applications and Statistics.

Categories, grades and product forms

Martensitic Stainless Steels

This brochure provides an overview of the properties of martensitic stainless steels, the advantages of using them and the applications where they can be used.

Download the brochure here.

"New 200-series" steels: An Opportunity or a Threat to the Image of Stainless Steel?

This technical booklet contains a guide to chrome-manganese austenitic stainless steels and advice for potential users. Available in English or Chinese. [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

The Ferritic Solution

The Ferritic Solution provides an overview of the properties of ferritic stainless steels, the advantages of using them and the applications where they can be used. The Ferritic Solution is a crucial reference document for stainless steel users, specifiers and producers. This brochure is available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, HindiJapanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

The salt spray test and its use in ranking stainless steels

This booklet is a technical guide to the salt spray test and its interpretation with stainless steel. Available in English and Chinese. [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Why use stainless steel reinforcing bar?

This leaflet answers some basic questions on stainless steel rebar: Why stainless steel reinforcing bar? What are the benefits? Is it cost-effective? This leaflet is available in English, Italian and Spanish. [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Stainless Steel for Designers

The corrosion resistant properties of stainless steels are well known to engineers and designers, as well as the general public. But other important properties may be less known, and stainless steel is frequently a good solution for reasons other than corrosion resistance.

ISSF has developed this brochure to provide a handy reference source to help engineers and designers to decide whether to use stainless steel, and, if so, which grade to use. The brochure has chapters dealing with a wide range of relevant topics, from abrasion resistance to fire resistance and further on to mechanical and physical properties. The publications to which it refers can be downloaded from links provided in the brochure.

Download the brochure here


Practical Guidelines for the Fabrication of Duplex Stainless Steels

A major update of ‘Practical Guidelines for the fabrication of Duplex Stainless Steels’ brings together in one publication experience from around the world. It goes beyond the first and second generations of these materials also taking into account the latest developments in lean duplex and hyper duplex grades. 

This publication is available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish (clicking on the language will open the pdf).

Health, Safety and Environment

Stainless steel and CO2: Facts and scientific observations

Like any other industry, the stainless steel industry aims to reduce its CO2 emissions. The purpose of this document is to clarify what those emissions are and where they originate.

Available in English, Japanese and Chinese. [Clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Good Safety Practice in Stainless Steel

This book contains examples of real-life accidents as well as examples of preventative safety initiatives that have been developed by ISSF member companies. ISSF hopes that by sharing these examples, stainless steel  producers in all parts of the world will be able to learn and improve their   safety performance, leading to an industry in which there is zero harm.

Download the booklet here

Stainless Steel Recycling

This campaign is designed to inform the public that stainless steel is one of the world's most recycled materials and that it is recycled more than   paper or glass.

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Recycling Ferritic Stainless Steel

The purpose of this brochure is to help develop and grow the systematic separation of ferritic stainless steel scrap in the metals recycling chain, both in the factory and at the end-of-life of products.

Download the brochure here


ISSF Sustainability Case Studies

ISSF’s annual Sustainability Award aims to encourage the global stainless steel industry to improve its performance with respect to the triple bottom-line: people, the   planet and profit. Each year a booklet is released which contains all the entries from that year. We hope that many businesses, both inside and outside the stainless steel value chain, will find inspiration in the examples featured in these booklets.

Booklets from the following years are available: 20192018201720162015201420132012 and 2011 [clicking on the year will open the pdf]

More information on the ISSF Sustainability Awards can be found here.

Stainless Steel for a Sustainable Future

As Sustainability is about much more than just the environment, the new animation and brochure show how Stainless Steel contributes to a sustainable world in areas ranging from transport, healthcare, water provisions and food.

Click here to access the interactive animation

Click here to download the informative brochure (pdf).

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A Workable, Lasting Solution for Water Losses through Leaking Water Pipes

Changing their pipes to stainless steel ones has meant enormous amounts of water have been saved in Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. With this booklet, ISSF would like to tell this story to the rest of the world, so other cities and communities will consider stainless steel pipes an option to reduce leaking pipes and to save precious water.

This brochure is available in ChineseEnglishFrenchItalian, KoreanPortuguese and Spanish [clicking on the language will open the pdf].

Stainless Steel in Micro Hydro Turbines

The necessary development of renewable energy to mitigate climate change has sparked a new interest for micro hydro power, now seen as a necessary part of the renewable energy sources mix. As the sites are usually located in remote areas, local communities are very interested in having a local energy production, which may be a source of revenue and reduce their dependence on big energy providers.For all parts in contact with water, and particularly moving parts, corrosion resistance is essential. This brochure where stainless steels are used for this technology.

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Stainless Steel in Street Furniture

Durable, beautiful, safe and hygienic, stainless steel provides an ideal solution in a wide range of urban construction applications – including lamp-posts, barriers, hand rails, art-work and other types of street furniture. Its extended useful life and relatively low life cycle cost make it an attractive option for public authorities who are seeking economical long-term solutions. The ISSF believes that stainless steel is the sustainable solution for street furniture. This brochure showcases contemporary ideas and examples from around the world and gives descriptions of each application as well as details of locations and material suppliers.

Available in English

Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications

The purpose of the brochure, Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications, is to present a few examples which illustrate this trend, and which hopefully will inspire further creativity from the hugely talented field of architecture and design, combining the environmentally friendly nature of a surface which is not only long lasting, but easy to clean, with the prospect of new shapes, sizes and surface finishes. No matter how diverse they may be in terms of scope, purpose and product use, they have one thing in common: they combine an aesthetically pleasing appearance with an extended useful service life.

Download Stainless Steel as an Architectural Material Volume I in English or Chinese
Download Stainless Steel as an Architectural Material Volume II in English or Chinese
Download Stainless Steel as an Architectural Material Volume III in English
Download Stainless Steel as an Architectural Material Volume IV in English
Download Stainless Steel as an Architectural Material Volume V in English
Download Stainless Steel as an Architectural Material Volume VI in English

Stainless Steel in Sports and Leisure Equipment

Sports are now part of our lives. As more and more people enjoy more leisure and do not exert a physical activity in their professional lives, sports have grown to be the way to keep the body healthy. Sport is recommended for people of all ages, from the young for muscular development, improved coordination and skills to the elderly as a condition for retarding ageing.

All materials are used in the wide variety of sports practiced today. ISSF has published a brochure highlighting some prominent uses of stainless steels in sports and leisure equipment, ranging from hiking to sailing.

Available in English and Chinese [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Stainless Steel in Infrastructure

The present brochure illustrates examples of stainless steel use in infrastructural applications in different parts of the world. 

Available in English and Chinese [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

ISSF New Applications Awards

In an effort to generate more ideas for New Applications for the use of stainless steel, the Market Development Committee established the New Applications Awards. The awards are presented in two categories, “The Best New Technology Award” and “The Best New Development Award” to the winning entries submitted by either the ISSF members, or if they prefer, by their customers. In these booklets all entries for the 2015 and 2017 editions can be found.

Download 201520172018 or 2019 edition

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Stainless Steel - Benefits for Elderly People

Life expectancy is increasing strongly. As more and more people are getting older and older, society must be prepared to cater for the specific needs of elderly people. Many of the applications discussed in this brochure in the context of old age are also attractive to other users to make living environments safer, more comfortable and attractive.

Available in English and Chinese [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Stainless Steel in Agricultural Applications

From a simple feeding pail to the most advanced fully robotised milking equipment, stainless steel is found on farms in numerous applications, where it is an alternative to plastics, light metal and above all galvanised steel. This brochure explains why stainless steel in used in agricultural applications.

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Stainless Steel in Self-Service Machines

This brochure explains why stainless steel is an ideal material to be used in self-service machines and highlights some common applications like vending machine fronts, keypads, mechanical parts, beverage dispensers, drinking water dispensers and vending machines, milk vending stations, ticket machines and access control and coin-operated controls.

Download the brochure here

Stainless Steel in Drinking Water Supply

Its inert and corrosion-resistant nature makes stainless steel an ideal material for contact with drinking water in all stages from extraction to domestic plumbing. Stainless steel is the only metallic material that is suitable for any usual drinking water composition.
This brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is an ideal material for contact with drinking water and highlights applications in water intake, water preparation, water storage and distribution.

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Clean Cooking with Stainless Steel

Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces different kind of alternative stoves that can be used like forced air stoves or solar cooking stoves.

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Stainless Steels for Lecturers and Students of Architecture and Civil Engineering

This training programme (10 short and informative modules) has been designed for students and lecturers of architecture and civil engineering, but can be of interest to all who want to learn about stainless steels. The programme is informative and entertaining and does not require any specific prior knowledge. Links for references are provided.

Click here to access the modules

Books of New Applications

ISSF has published several editions of the Book of New Applications. They include examples of stainless steel applications from around the world. Available as a pdf [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

2016: English

2011: English and Chinese

2009: English

2007: English and Russian

2006: English

Applications for Stainless Steel Long Products

The non-corrosive properties of stainless steel long products are well known. But stainless long products have many other properties that make them ideal for use in a wide range of environments and applications. This new brochure from ISSF looks at a range of applications that exploit these properties.

Download the brochure here

Better to be sustainable - Stainless steel reinforcement

Unlike conventional steel rebar, stainless steel rebar does not corrode and is an ideal solution for harsh environments. These posters give an overview of the why, when, where and how of stainless steel reinforcing bar.

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Stainless Steel in Biogas Production - A Sustainable Solution for Green Energy

Energy from biomass is among the cheapest forms of renewable energy. The equipment to produce biogas comes into contact with corrosive elements. Properly specified stainless steels can withstand the corrosive materials in a biogas plant. This brochure explains why stainless steel is typically utilised in   digesters, pumps and valves, agitators, pipes and fittings and purification applications.

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Stainless Steel in Tunnels

Stainless steel is finding increasing use in tunnels for its fire and corrosion resistance properties and long maintenance-free life. This new brochure in the Sustainable Stainless series provides detailed case studies which demonstrate why stainless steel is becoming the material of choice in road, rail, metro  and long sub-sea tunnels.

This brochure is available in Chinese, EnglishJapaneseKorean and Spanish [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Railcars in Stainless Steel

Utilising stainless steel to create railcars increases the sustainability profile of the rail industry and is also a good example of how the social, economic and environmental factors of material selection interact to make a technical solution sustainable.

This brochure is available in English and Chinese. [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Stainless Steel in the Dairy Industry

The modern dairy industry requires the use of cleanable, corrosion-resistant stainless steel equipment to meet the needs of milk product consumers everywhere. This brochure in the Sustainable Stainless series explains the role of stainless steels in the dairy industry and how they contribute to a sustainable solution for the human diet.

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Cooling with Heat

Stainless steel plays a key role in a new generation of adsorption chillers, the heart of environmentally friendly cooling equipment. A significant percentage of the energy consumed is used to keep rooms within a specific temperature range. Conventional cooling systems utilise a compressor, which is usually electrically driven and hence energy-intensive to operate.

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Desalination in Stainless Steel

Successful desalination requires a material that can resist the aggressive corrosion caused by seawater and brine. Utilising stainless steel to create fresh water further increases the sustainability profile of the desalination industry. The durability, the minimal maintenance requirements, the high-level of recycled content and 100% recyclability at the end of its life make stainless steel a good choice economically and environmentally. This brochure will give you more detailed information on desalination in stainless steel complemented with some case studies.

Download the brochure here.

Stainless steel in sewage water treatment

The use of water produces wastewater which is a valuable, sustainable resource that should be treated appropriately. This new brochure from ISSF will give you more detailed information on where stainless steel is used in sewage treatment plants and why. Operators of WWTPs and the manufacturers of the equipment used in them are very much aware of its technical and economical advantages. Some of their testimonies have also been included in this brochure.

Download the brochure here.

Stainless Steel and Solar Energy in Building Applications

In view of the increasing application of solar systems worldwide, the aim of this report is to give an overview of the state of the art regarding solar systems and possibilities for the application of stainless steel in this context.

Download the report here

Stainless Steel in Solar Energy Use

This brochure details current best practice and stainless steel solutions to harness the energy of the sun. It provides designers with information about current stainless steel options for solar energy capture and an overview of the technical properties of stainless steel.

Download the brochure here

Two case studies on stainless steel in Solar Energy Use are also available:

The stainless steel solar facade of a highway maintenance building at Bursins, Switzerland

This brochure introduces a highway maintenance building was developed as a replacement for an existing maintenance building on the same site. The client, État de Vaud, organised an architectural competition for the design of the new building. For the first time in western Switzerland, clear sustainability demands were outlined in an architectural competition. The client demanded that the ecological, energy and economic aspects of sustainability should be considered in the design of the building. Download here

Stainless Steel Tilted Solar Roof: German Nautical Museum Stralsund

In this case study we want to show how a stainless steel-based solution was used in a photovoltaic application. Thin stainless steel foil serves as a substrate for the photovoltaic cells. Download here

The Freight Industry - The Ferritic Solution

This booklet proclaims the merits of the so-called ‘utility' 12% chromium stainless steels in the construction of freight wagons and containers. It is part of an ISSF drive to inform existing and potential users of stainless steel about ferritic grades of stainless steel.

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Building Interiors - The Ferritic Solution

Today, stainless steel is well-known for its presence in building envelopes. These often use austenitic grades. For interior uses, however, an austenitic grade often seems a rather luxurious solution. Less expensive, more stable in price but possessing fine properties, ferritic grades are the perfect alternative for indoor use.

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The Sugar Industry - The Ferritic Solution

The sugar industry is a striking case where ferritic stainless steels are a clearly superior and relatively low-cost alternative to the commonly-used carbon steels. From a practical point of view, the resistance of these steels to corrosion and abrasion and their strength put them streets ahead. Then, since they contain no nickel, ferritics are price-stable and relatively inexpensive. These factors combined add up to impressive Life Cycle Cost benefits.

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Solar Water Heaters - The Ferritic Solution

The new millennium brings with it a new level of concern about the ‘cost' of energy. This means not just the ever-rising financial cost to consumers but the cost to the planet of the way we generate our energy, consume non-renewable fuels and pollute our environment in the process.

Available in English and Chinese. [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Commercial Food Equipment - The Ferritic Solution

The world of commercial food equipment has been particularly hit by the volatile nickel price and its effect on the price of nickel-containing stainless steels. The inevitable swing away from nickel-containing grades towards nickel-free ‘ferritic' grades is well in motion and, happily, ferritics have proved the  perfect technical and economic answer in many application fields.

Available in English and Chinese. [clicking on the language will open the pdf]


ISSF Stainless Steel in Figures

ISSF has published a range of statistics about the world stainless steel industry. Stainless Steel in Figures is divided into three sections:

  1. History
  2. Actual performance
  3. Potential

The information in the publication has been gathered by ISSF’s Economics and Statistics Department and shows how stainless steel has developed in a global context.

This brochure is available in English and Chinese. (clicking on the language will download the brochure)