Stainless Steels in the Automotive Sector

Stainless steels are used in cast, wrought and powder metallurgy forms. Applications include wipers, brackets, tubing, springs, clamps, fasteners, sensors, gaskets, air bag assemblies, flanges, wheels, fuel tanks, and bus structurals/panels. Parts are made from austenitic stainless steels, which contain nickel, or ferritic stainless steels, with little or no nickel in less demanding applications. Some of these parts are made in stainless steel only for use in higher quality autos or where superior performance is desired.

Nickel Institute has many technical publications on stainless steels on their website, a few of which are listed below:

For a discussion of stainless steel automotive and transport developments, go to the ISSF website:


International Sources of Stainless Steel Information

Stainless Steel Development Associations (SSDAs):

Other Alloy Development Organizations 

Other Sources