GVR Report cover Stainless Steel Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Stainless Steel Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Grade (300 Series, Duplex Series), By Product (Flat, Long), By Application (Building & Construction, Consumer Goods), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2024 - 2030

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Stainless Steel Market Size & Trends

The global stainless steel market size was estimated at USD 117.63 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2024 to 2030. Private and public investments in infrastructure, as well as residential housing are likely to provide a boost to stainless steel (SS) demand. Stainless steel is an important material in industrial applications, such as building & construction, infrastructure, railways, automotive & transportation, and process industries. Stainless steel has a unique edge over carbon steel as it has a combination of properties, such as pliability, strength, corrosion resistance, aesthetic properties, low maintenance cost, and average product life cycle.

U.S. stainless steel market size and growth rate, 2024 - 2030

These properties along with increasing penetration in numerous applications is anticipated to drive market growth. The U.S. market growth is expected to be driven by demand in mechanical, chemical, and energy applications. These applications are diverse in range and include the oil industry’s tubulars, heat exchangers, heat vessels, boiler used in power plants, furnace plants, and components used in processing machineries of pulp & paper, chemical and food & beverage industries. Building & construction is one of the important product applications. The segment accounted for a volume share of 11.3% in overall U.S. demand.

For structural purpose, SS products are used in beams, columns, and general architectural applications. It is used in railings, roofing, lifts, staircases, swimming pool shades, canopies, and atriums among others. In November, the Biden government introduced USD 2 trillion plan for infrastructure. It includes heavy fund allocation for repair and renovation of bridges, highways, EV charging facilities, airports, water infrastructure, communication networks, high-speed internets, clean energy & environment, and carbon reduction. This plan is likely to assist the SS demand for structural applications in infrastructure and construction.

Market Dynamics

Market growth is driven by rising investments in the real estate sector, especially for the non-residential segment. This leads end-users to spend increasingly on pipes & fittings, HVAC system, cookware’s, plates, other products, such as staircase to enhance aesthetic appeal of their homes. Governments of different countries across the world are providing subsidies to consumers to renovate or construct new houses. For instance, in November 2020, government of Italy introduced a policy, Superbonus. According to this policy, the government of the country is paying 110% of the building cost to make existing residences eco-friendly. The initiative has a maximum cap of approximately USD 110.41 thousand (EUR 100 thousand) per home and the entire project costed the government approximately USD 9.94 billion (EUR 9 billion) in 2021.

Grade Insights

The 300 series segment held the largest share of over 59.0% in 2023. Grade 303 in the series is used almost entirely for every part requiring polishing, grinding, and machining where good corrosion resistance is also compulsory. Its non-galling and non-seizing properties make it ideal for moving parts. Being an austenitic steel, it is very useful where low magnetic permeability is preferred. It has fairly good forming properties used for aircraft parts, as well as gears, valve trim, shafts, valves, and all types of screw machine products. It is also required for architectural purposes. Grade 304 in 300 series is specifically suited for all kinds of dairy equipment including containers, sterilizers, milking machines, homogenizers, and storage & hauling tanks, including railroad cars, milk trucks, valves, and piping.

This 18-8 alloy is similarly operative in the brewing business where it is used in storage & railway cars, fermentation vats, yeast pans, and pipelines. Duplex series is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR of 8.5% from 2024 to 2030, in terms of revenue. Superior product properties, such as high strength, low weight, and high corrosion resistance, particularly stress corrosion cracking, is anticipated to drive product demand over forecast period. The product finds applications in the pharma, oil & gas, water desalination, and chemical & petrochemical industries.

Product Insights

Flat products accounted for a revenue share of more than 73% in 2023 and is likely to dominate the market over the forecast period. Flat products mainly include sheets/coil and plates. SS flat products are widely used in mechanical parts and industrial tools along with construction and structural applications. These products are hot-rolled and cold-rolled and have properties, such as corrosion resistance, high strength, and great thickness. Demand for SS products is likely to be driven by growth of the automotive and transportation industries. Railways is one of the important applications, wherein corten steel is being replaced by SS for coaches.

This was mainly due to energy absorption capacity and high strength-to-weight ratio to improve crash effectiveness of coach. Long products are widely used in industries, such as textile, automotive, defense, shipbuilding, cement, fabrication, paper & pulp, and earth-moving machinery. Rounds bar is an important product in this category and can easily be machined and bent as per requirement. These products are used in grills, fasteners, and machining applications along with the production of parts for automotive and machinery & equipment.

Application Insights

The consumer goods segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of over 37% in 2023. The segment is projected to grow owing to increasing demand for washing machine & fridge parts, sinks, utensils, and many more. Characteristics, such as easy fabrication, corrosion resistance, and aesthetic appeal, are likely to contribute to the demand for consumer goods; thus, positively influencing market growth. Building & construction (B&C) segment witnessed a sizable impact in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Factors, such as global financial crunch, supply disruptions, and global demand have affected market dynamics in the B&C sector in recent times.

Global stainless steel market share and size, 2023

For instance, as per data released EUROCONSTRUCT, construction output in European countries witnessed a decline of 5.1% in 2020 from the previous year. The automotive & transportation segment also observed a significant decline in 2020, in terms of automotive production and sales. For instance, global automobile production declined by 16% in 2020 as per the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). The future demand for automobiles is likely to be driven by the need for private vehicles among consumers to avoid large crowds in public transportation.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market and held a revenue share of over 68.0% in 2023 owing to rapidly expanding defense, machinery, automotive, and shipbuilding industries in countries, such as India, China, South Korea, and Japan. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in energy and infrastructure is likely to provide opportunities for market vendors. An increasing share of India and ASEAN countries in the demand for SS is likely to contribute to the expansion of Asia Pacific SS market. Per capita consumption in India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia is gradually increasing, which is likely to remain a key contributing factor for market growth.

Stainless Steel Market Trends, by Region, 2024 - 2030

In addition, the expansion of cold-rolled facilities is also expected to remain a vital factor for growth of the market. In terms of revenue, Europe is likely to grow at a CAGR of over 6.0% from 2024 to 2030. Since the commencement of operations in 2021 post-pandemic, market in Europe witnessed recovery. For instance, as per the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF), SS melt shop production increased by around 11% on a y-o-y basis, through first quarter of 2021. Increasing application in pre-engineered buildings is likely to drive market growth over coming years.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key companies are adopting several organic and inorganic growth strategies, such as capacity expansion, mergers & acquisitions, and joint ventures, to maintain and expand their market share. For instance, in February 2021, the company announced a capex plan for its Odisha SS plant worth INR. 2000-3000 crore (~ USD 261.8-392.7 million) over the next few years.

Key Stainless Steel Companies:

  • Acerinox S.A.
  • Aperam Stainless
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Baosteel Group
  • Jindal Stainless
  • Nippon Steel Corporation
  • Outokumpu
  • ThyssenKrupp Stainless GmbH
  • Yieh United Steel Corp.

Stainless Steel Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2024

USD 126.36 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 197.29 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 6.7% from 2024 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2022

Forecast period

2024 - 2030

Report updated

November 2023

Quantitative Units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2024 to 2030

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Grade, product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; UK; France; Russia; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Brazil; GCC

Key companies profiled

Acerinox S.A.; Aperam Stainless; ArcelorMittal; Baosteel Group; Jindal Stainless; Nippon Steel Corp.; Outokumpu; POSCO; ThyssenKrupp Stainless GmbH; Yieh United Steel Corp.

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Global Stainless Steel Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global stainless steel market report based on grade, product, application, and region:

Global Stainless Steel Market Report Segmentation

  • Grade Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • 200 Series

    • 300 Series

    • 400 Series

    • Duplex Series

    • Others

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Flat

    • Long

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Building & Construction

    • Automotive & Transportation

    • Consumer Goods

    • Mechanical Engineering & Heavy Industries

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • UK

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • GCC

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