Stainless Steel Market Size & Share, by Type (Austenitic, Ferritic, Martensitic, Duplex, Precipitation); Series (200, 300, 400, 2200); End-user (Automotive, Construction, Energy, Defense) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

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  • Published Date: Mar 03, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

Stainless-Steel Market size is expected to cross USD 234 Billion by the end of 2033, by growing at a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 - 2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of stainless-steel was USD 131 Billion. The primary growth driver for the global stainless steel market is its widespread use across various key industries, globally. Stainless steel is widely employed in the infrastructure and construction sectors. It is also used in the production of vehicles for applications such as exhaust systems, body panels, and fuel tanks. It is estimated that the world finished steel production grew from 1 .76 Billion tons in 2020 to 1.84 Billion tons in 2021. Furthermore, the transition from conventional uses in industries like consumer products, construction, architecture, etc. to extensive uses in industries like the railroad, car, and transportation sectors is another factor driving the industry. Owing to the cost reductions in the steel-making process and the adoption of more energy-efficient production methods, there is likely to be a rising transition from older to newer technologies, which is expected to support market growth.

The components of stainless-steel combine to create a potent alloy. Nitrogen, molybdenum, and chromium are all components of this alloy. The item is additionally corrosion-resistant, durable, robust, neutral alloy, and eternally recyclable. Steel is an ideal material for a variety of industries, including the automotive, building, and electronics sectors, along with use in the medical and healthcare sector for applications such as surgical instruments, implants, and medical equipment. Additionally, the product's capacity to resist corrosion together with expanding recycling production will further support the market expansion during the anticipated timeframe. Additionally, the renewable energy sector has only been increasing its steel consumption, for applications such as wind turbine towers and blades, wave energy converters, and solar thermal systems. Manufacturers have been creating consistent sources of income in the steel business over the past few years since steel is a necessary raw material for most sectors. The total global crude steel production has seen a small but steady increase to 1.94 Billion tons in 2021 from 1.88 Billion in 2020.

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Stainless-Steel Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Global Inelastic Demand for Steel – One of the determinants of the price elasticity of steel is the nature of the commodity.  Steel is categorized as a necessity good because it is necessary for manufacturing and development in almost all sectors of the modern economy. Hence, when the price of steel fluctuates, the demand for the material does not alter considerably. This happens wherever steel is essential to the end product's operation or if it is employed in goods or sectors where there are few alternatives. From 1950, the total crude steel production has grown from 190 million tons to over 1800 tons in 2020 around the globe.

  • Demand in Automobile Industry – In a regular modern car, steel accounts for more than 50% of the total material used. Steel consumption and production will rise in direct proportion to the use of steel as a raw material in the automotive sector. Global auto sales increased from 62 million in 2020 to more than 67 million in 2021. This is largely attributable to the - emergence automobile industry, which lost a significant portion of its revenue as a result of the epidemic.

  • Quality of Being 100% Recyclable – Since steel is 100 percent recyclable, it may be repeatedly recycled into the same type of material. A refrigerator, a car door, or a roof panel can all be made from a single steel beam. In North America, between 62 and 85 million tons of steel scrap are recycled each year into new steel products. The North American steel industry has recycled more than 1000 million tons of steel scrap into new steel during the last three decades.

  • Demand for Stainless-steel in Energy and other Industries – The steel demand is significantly influenced by the energy sector. Numerous energy-related processes rely on steel, including the construction of nuclear power plants, pipelines for oil and gas, and wind turbines. The energy industry continues to expand globally as a country's energy infrastructure is improved. A high-voltage transmission tower typically weighs between 18000 to 28000 kilograms of steel. Apart from that, applications in packaging, medical instruments, and cookware all require steel to create quality products.


  • Availability of Substitute Materials - Materials that can be utilized in some applications in place of steel are known as substitute materials. They include aluminum and wood, as well as composites like carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and fiberglass-reinforced plastic. In some cases, for instance, in the automobile industry, aluminum or carbon fiber can be used for lightweight body panels. Another instance is the use of wood or fiberglass sheets in construction applications.
  • Decarbonization Issues - The average amount of carbon dioxide released per ton of steel produced was over 1.7 tons or roughly a tenth of the world's total emissions. As a result, steel producers all around the world, are dealing with decarbonization issues, while finding more efficient and eco-friendly ways to produce.
  • Supply Chain Delays and Issues

Stainless-Steel Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 131 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

~ USD 234 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Stainless-Steel Segmentation

Type (Austenitic, Ferritic, Martensitic, Duplex, Precipitation)

The global stainless-steel market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by type into austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, duplex, and precipitation. Out of these segments, the austenitic segment holds the largest market share and is expected to keep its bigger share till 2033. This is because austenitic stainless steel makes up for more than 2/3rd of steel’s commercial production. This is because of qualities such as excellent resistance against corrosion, hardening with cold pressing, and resistance to heat treatments.

End-user (Automotive, Construction, Energy, Defense)

The global stainless steel devices market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by end-user into automotive, construction, energy, and defense. Out of these segments, the construction segment is projected to hold the largest market share and is expected to generate the highest revenue by 2033. The construction and housing industry uses more than half of the total steel produced across the world. With buildings becoming taller and the ever-growing need for housing as the world population hits 8 billion, the segment is a key market driver.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

            By Type

  • Austenitic
  • Ferritic
  • Martensitic
  • Duplex
  • Precipitation

            By Series

  • 200
  • 300
  • 400
  • 2200
  • others

By End-User

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Defense

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Stainless-Steel Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast   

The North American stainless-steel market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 on the back of the rising surge in manufacturing of cardiovascular devices, increasing healthcare expenditure, and growing adoption of advanced devices. As per the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the national health expenditure rose by 9.7% and reached ~USD 4.1 trillion in 2020 accounting for USD 12,350 per person. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the expansion of cold-rolled facilities will continue to play a crucial role in the market's evolution.

APAC Market Statistics

The stainless-steel business has grown significantly in the Asia-Pacific region owing to major shares accounted for by nations like China and India. The demand for the construction of new offices and buildings has also increased with the presence of international businesses in the Asia-Pacific area. As consumer preference for battery-powered electric vehicles increases, the automotive sector in China is seeing shifting trends. The demand for stainless steel is anticipated to increase with the development of China's car industry. For instance, the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) estimates that China produces nearly 32.5% of the world's automobiles, making it the biggest producer in the world. 2021 saw a 3% rise in vehicle production from 25,225,242 units in 2020 to 2,60,82,220 units in 2021. The fourth stage of the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, which would be used from 2023 to 2024, is suggested to have a budget of NTD 180 billion (USD 6.47 billion), according to the National Development Council (NDC).

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Companies Dominating the Stainless-Steel Landscape

    • China BaoWu Steel Group Corporation Limited
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • ArcelorMittal
    • Ansteel Group Corporation Limited
    • Shagang Group Corporation
    • POSCO      
    • HBIS Group
    • China Jianlong Steel Industrial Co Ltd.
    • Shougang Group Co., Ltd.    
    • Tata Steel Limited Company

In the News

  • Tata Steel Limited - Tata Steel Group and Hardt Hyperloop formally signed an agreement for the delivery of Zeremis Carbon Lite, a steel with an allotted carbon footprint reduction of up to 100%, during a festive ceremony at this year's InnoTrans in Berlin.

  •  ArcelorMittal - Following a successful audit conducted by DNV Poland, which determined that the company satisfies the requirements to acquire certification against the ResponsibleSteelTM Standard, ArcelorMittal Poland has been granted ResponsibleSteelTM accreditation.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 4628
  • Published Date: Mar 03, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Inelastic demand, growth, and demand of steel in various core industries, and its ability to be recycled are the major factors driving the growth of the stainless steel market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

Availability of substitute materials, supply chain delays and issues, and labor supply and demand fluctuations are the challenges affecting the market growth.

The market in Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are China BaoWu Steel Group Corporation Limited, ArcelorMittal, Ansteel Group Corporation Limited, NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION, Shagang Group Corporation, POSCO, HBIS Group, China Jianlong Steel Industrial Co Ltd., Shougang Group Co., Ltd., and Tata Steel Limited Company.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by type, series, end-user, and by region.

The construction segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.
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