As a low carbon alloy, steel is often used in custom metal manufacturing. Its durability and resilience makes it a favorite choice for commercial construction projects, as well as custom vehicle frames and builds. Steel is often a combination of iron and carbon, but it generally includes elements of coal, iron ore, and limestone. Here are some little known facts about the unique uses and qualities of steel.
1. Steel is eco-friendly.
Even when combining the glass, aluminum, paper, and plastic that has been recycled, steel is the most recycled product in North America. In fact, almost 69% of all steel is reused. This is an estimated 80 million tons of steel. Although recycled, steel never loses its strength. It is almost 1,000 times stronger than the purest iron. The steel industry of North America has also worked to reduce its energy use, making a significant impact on plants generating carbon dioxide. The steel industry has taken a leading role in prioritizing green energy practices.
2. Steel has global importance.
Steel companies play a vital role in bringing healthcare services and education programs to developing countries. The industry brings in about 900 billion dollars a year, with Japan leading the world in steel production. The steel industry follows oil and gas as the second largest industry in the world, and it employs more than 2 million people around the globe.
3. Steel has staying power.
There is high durability and resilience in steel, making it a long-term solution for building projects. A steel roof can last more than 50 years, a length of time that triples traditional roofing materials. About 75% of the major appliances purchased today are made of steel, and about 25% of computers are made from steel.
Steel is an easy metal to work with, but its benefits exceed fabrication requirements. It is recyclable, durable, and the industry as a whole is beneficial to the global economy.