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Sharing some valuable insights about the exceptional qualities and diverse applications of our products.

No two projects are ever the same and our flexible approach to manufacturing and customer service mean that we can always answer your specific requirements across the concept and manufacturing phases of our cold drawn bars or Stainless sheet.

Enclosures and cabinets

At present broadband network providers are engaged in a significant expansion and upgrade of their respective broadband networks. They use various types of cabinets and infrastructure to deliver broadband services, and you'll often see 1.4003 Stainless Steel street cabinets in either a dark green or a greyish cream colour, which house equipment for delivering high-speed broadband to homes and businesses. The most modern broadband cabinets and enclosures now tend to be coloured in a greyish cream, which helps to keep their hardware cool.


We work closely with our partners who are using the latest technology to install a full fibre network in your area using 1.4003 Stainless Steel in their broadband enclosures and cabinets, as the material ensures a robust and long-lasting solution safeguarding the critical equipment and infrastructure.


In a few areas, broadband network providers are also now deploying specially modified 1.4003 Stainless Steel cabinets that help to support a new system for charging electric cars, harness their existing cable ducts and broadband street cabinets in order to help deploy charging points on residential streets for electric vehicles (EVs), so we’re also playing our part in helping to reduce harmful car emissions.


Naturally the street cabinets used for the broadband and TV network already have their own power supplies, and retrofitting existing infrastructure is faster and more cost-effective than building a nationwide charging network from scratch. This innovative initiative using 1.4003 Stainless Steel cabinets demonstrates how existing technology can be repurposed to support sustainable transportation, helping to contribute to the growth of EV infrastructure across the UK.


The main broadband network providers are playing crucial roles in shaping the UK’s communication infrastructure, ensuring faster and more reliable broadband services for millions of people, and they are using 1.4003 Stainless Steel in their ambitious ongoing plans to deliver Ultrafast full fibre broadband to millions of homes and businesses by the end of the year.


If you have upcoming projects or specific requirements that could benefit from the features of 1.4003 stainless steel, our team is ready to assist. Whether it's providing additional technical information, product details or specialist project support, we're here to support your needs.

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Vehicle frames

1.4003 Stainless Steel serves as a substitute for mild steel in vehicle frames due to its strength, low maintenance and cost-effectiveness when compared with carbon steels or aluminium. Using our network of global export professional partners, our 1.4003 Stainless Steel products are used in everything from iconic buses around the world, to coaches, trucks and even gritter vehicles.


Stainless Steels have been widely use in a wide variety of vehicles for many years, in applications such as containers, exhaust tubes and catalytic converters. In load-carrying structural components of trains, Stainless Steels are widely used in Japan, the United States, and Europe. And in bus manufacturing, Stainless Steels are making their breakthrough.


The use of Stainless Steels in bus manufacturing is based on their excellent corrosion properties, impact resistance and longevity. Longer lifetime with longer guarantee of corrosion protection is possible and this gives an economic benefit for bus users. Stainless Steels are nearly 100% recycled which permits them to be considered as a material of sustainable development. By using materials with high recyclability, manufacturers can reduce their environmental footprint and contribute to sustainability efforts.


Bus and coach frames are made by metal active gas (MAG) welding of welded rectangular hollow section (RHS) profiles. And during the last few years, ‘12% Cr-steels’ such as 1.4003 Stainless Steel have increasingly been used in bus and coach structures, as it is easy to fabricate and form allowing for versatile design options.


At Offshore Stainless Supplies, we work with bus chassis manufacturers throughout the UK, across Europe, the Far East and Africa, who can take advantage of 1.4003’s formability to create complex shapes and structures, optimising the frames for strength and weight distribution.


The corrosion resistance properties can help extend the lifespan of bus frames, especially in regions where road salt or other corrosive substances are prevalent. And 1.4003 Stainless Steel still offers adequate mechanical properties for bus frames, where its durability and resistance to fatigue make it suitable for supporting the structural loads encountered during normal operation.


Compared to other Stainless Steel grades like 304 or 316, 1.4003 Stainless Steel is often more cost-effective, which can be particularly advantageous for bus manufacturers seeking to reduce production costs without compromising on quality or performance. Furthermore, 1.4003 Stainless Steel is generally lighter than other metals commonly used in bus frame construction and this can also contribute to improved fuel efficiency and overall vehicle performance.


If you haven’t tried us for your 1.4003 Stainless Steel requirements before, maybe you should!

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