Stalatube steel takes many forms
What do a cheese ripening shelf, the facade of the Finnish Parliament Annex, a bus and an oil drilling rig have in common? All of them contain steel tubing supplied by Stalatube.
“The possibilities for using stainless steel are almost limitless,” says Petri Kotilainen, Sales Manager, and adds that the industries served by Stalatube include oil and gas, transportation, machine building, ship building, construction, mining, energy, food and pharmaceuticals.
The reason for Stalatube’s varied clientele, in addition to the wide-ranging applications of the raw material, stainless steel, is also Stalatube’s persistent product development.
“The food industry obviously calls for different characteristics in their use of steel compared with, say, machine builders. One industry appreciates good hygiene, another high strength, a third one needs light weight, and yet another values aesthetic appearance. The goal for our products is to meet all these needs and also to develop something new,” says Kotilainen.
The structural requirements for oil rigs used by the oil and gas industry is one example of specific standards that Stalatube needs to meet.
“We test our tubes using several different methods according to their requirements. The test results are regularly reported so that customers can trust the reliability and usability of our tubes to their specific applications.”
New emission requirements and increasing energy prices have created incentives for the transportation industry to use structures that are as light as possible. Stalatube serves these needs by providing strong and corrosion-resistant duplex materials. The high strength makes it possible to use thinner structures and thus significantly cut back on the weight of the bodies of buses, for example.
“Transportation vehicle manufacturers are already using the new materials, and we’re confident that others will follow because there is no denying the benefits of high-strength Lean Duplex. Bus builders, for example, can achieve major emission cuts and fuel savings by using Duplex,” says Kotilainen.
Varying applications are not the only challenge for Stalatube, as a global company it also has to meet the regional quality requirements of its various markets. For example, products that will be used in the German construction industry must have the Ü conformity mark and, so, Stalatube has the required certificate. Next year, construction products in compliance with Stalatube’s harmonized product standard will also receive a CE marking. The harmonized product standard for flat steel products already exists, and CE-marked products will be launched during this year. Product standardization is proceeding in tubes as well.
“Thanks to our wide range of materials and products, we are able to meet any and all needs that customers might have. It would be ideal if we knew even more about the end uses of our products. This would enable us to always offer the best possible solution in terms of the end user – even when the customer doesn’t know to ask for it,” Kotilainen sums up.