18 Things You Never Knew About Steel

steel supplierThe steel industry is one of the largest in the world, as steel is used for so many different purposes. Steel suppliers are producing the material for the government, for home appliances, strapping tools, skyscrapers, residential construction, food packaging, and so much more.

Interesting Facts About Steel

1.Steel is one of the most recycled materials on Earth. It is estimated that 88% of all the steel in the world is recycled, and 69% of steel in North America is recycled.

2. Steel hinges on a refrigerator door can support more than 140 pounds of weight without sagging.

3. Over 1,500 food items come in steel cans.

4. The first steel car was made in 1918.

5. Steel has been used for skyscrapers since 1833.

6. Steel doors are fire-resistant.

7. Steel can be 1,000 times as strong as iron.

8. The weight of steel produced globally in 2013 was equal to about 160,000 Eiffel Towers.

9. Stainless steel can be made into “soap.” It does not kill germs, but it can neutralize strong odors on your skin just by rubbing it.

10. Stainless steel can be made into fabric. Many steel suppliers are producing stainless steel mesh that is used in the tech industry, like in touchscreen gloves.

11. Stainless steel was officially defined in 1911, and between 1913 and 1919 it was only used for cutlery because it does not corrode when in contact with acidic foods. It was initially created to resist chemical attacks.

12. The average computer is about 25% steel.

13. The amount of steel being used in the world today is equal to 500 pounds per person.

14. Just following oil and gas, steel is the second biggest industry in the world.

15. More than 50% of all the types of steel in today’s automobiles did not exist just 10 years ago.

16. It would take four recycled cars to make the framework for a typical 2,000 square foot house.

17. Steel roofs actually weigh less than asphalt roofs.

18. As many as 600 steel or tin cans are recycled every second.

Steel is used in nearly every part of human life, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Steel is the has the highest strength to weight ratio of all building materials. Steel is so durable, so strong, that we even named a superhero after it.