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Top Industries That Need Steel Fabrication Services

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Top Industries That Need Steel Fabrication Services

Steel fabrication is a critical process in many industries. Sure, the steel itself is a highly valued resource in commercial & residential construction due to its high tensile strength, but it’s equally revered for its aesthetic potential and eco-friendly features in other sectors, too, such as automotive, shipbuilding, and mining.

In this article, our experts at KNS Metals discuss these key industrial and residential sectors and how they use steel fabrications for successful projects.

Architecture

Architects frequently rely on steel in their designs. Its versatility and strong weight-bearing potential make it a fantastic material for many bold and contemporary building designs. In many cases, steel’s high tensile strength makes it the only suitable choice for more complex structural and innovative designs. Moreover, you’ll also notice uncovered steel throughout the interior and exterior finishes, providing the perfect material for an industrial aesthetic.

Steel is also used to balance structural and decorative functions in staircases, decorative walls & ceilings, pillars, overhead beams, gates, handrails and more. It’s used in many contemporary office and warehouse designs and is commonly used in modern kitchen designs. In addition to its contemporary style, steel is much more resilient, eco-friendly and sturdier than other structural materials, which makes it so popular worldwide.

Commercial Construction

As mentioned above, once designs are complete, structural steel is used across several applications in the commercial construction industry. Here, steel is chosen for its impressive strength-to-weight ratio, making it easier to manoeuvre and install, while only adding a little weight to the system. It’s also a malleable material that can be moulded and altered to different shapes for various functional or design needs.

From skyscrapers and apartment blocks, there are countless key materials that go into making such incredible structures remain upward, and steel is one of them. For this reason, when structural steel is fabricated for commercial construction, it’s highly regulated, with professional manufacturers having to meet shape, size, composition and integrity standards. 

Residential Construction

Like the commercial construction industry, steel is regularly used in residential construction, too, given the same, excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Choosing steel often allows for greater expansion than wood structures, permitting houses to have a design with more flexibility and creativity, such as larger open spaces that create comfortable and roomy environments.

Steel’s malleability allows for variations in size and shape and builders to easily join the metals together. At the same time, its durability minimises the chance of damage, reducing the risk of expensive repairs commonly experienced with wood frames. Investing in steel in residential construction is also known to increase the property’s value because it is a more in-demand material.

Mining

While the mining industry extracts essential minerals to create steel, the sector also uses stainless steel fabrication in its infrastructure and equipment. The mining industry uses steel in many applications, including office structures on and off-site, warehouse construction and storage, structures within the mines themselves, and machinery used throughout the site. 

Shipbuilding

The shipbuilding sector uses steel as a primary material for constructing its vessels. From supertankers to recreational boats and small ferries, steel is found in many different areas of these crafts, including being used in the grating and flooring, stairs, ladders, conveyance tubing and steel sheets for hulls. Beyond construction, steel is just as commonly used in the repair and maintenance section of this industry.

Automotive

The transport and automotive industry makes up a whopping 16% consumption of manufactured steel worldwide. So where does it all go? The automotive steel industry harnesses the great powers of steel in all its vehicles. Cars use the material for many different elements in their construction, from their structural designs to reinforce their safety reinforcements.

Its consumption in the industry only seems to be increasing, with modern cars requiring higher quality steel, lighter and stronger than fabricated steel, to improve their standards. This high-quality steel is incredibly strong, lightweight, ductile, and made through precise heating and cooling processes.

Steel Fabrication at KNS Metals

KNS Metals provide state-of-the-art steel fabrication in Melbourne to help our clients complete their projects with precision and efficiency. While many of these applications required advanced processes, it shows just how pervasive and essential steel fabrication is in the modern world. If you would like more information about what we have available, please contact us today, and a member of our friendly team would be happy to help.