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  1. BSSA Stainless Steel Surface Finishes Pack

    Aimed primarily at architects and specifiers, the BSSA Surface Finishes Pack provides details and guidance of the wide variety of stainless steel surface finishes available. The pack includes the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ in selecting and specifying surface finishes, together with information on maintenance, cleaning and an updated, classified resources section for further information, (for ease of access, a USB stick is provided). Contained with a robust hard-back ring binder, the Surface Finishes Pack is complete with guides on applications as well as practical, technical information written very much with the end user in mind.

    Additionally, there are extensive case studies showing exciting samples, both from the UK and across the world, illustrating just how versatile stainless can be. What makes this pack unique is the comprehensive range of samples it contains. These include machine-polished, electro-polished, brushed, 1 and 2-side patterned and even coloured. Provided by the BSSA’s own member companies, these will help users decide just which finish best suits their need while also giving them the opportunity to get up close to the stainless steel itself.

    The BSSA Stainless Steel Surface Finishes Pack is available in the UK at a cost of £110.00 and £125 in the EU (including p&p) 


  2. BSSA Understanding Stainless Steel – Centenary Edition

    To coincide with the centenary of the discovery of stainless steel made by Harry Brearley in Sheffield during 1913  the very popular publication ‘Understanding Stainless Steel’ was revised.

    The new centenary edition is now available!

    This includes additional features such as:
    – Recent developments in grades
    – Information on the latest Surface Finishing Techniques
    – Updated images throughout

    Former technical advisor Alan Harrison produced this book to help everyone along the supply chain gain a basic understanding of Stainless Steel.

    The idea for this book grew out of a series of “Starter Workshops” run by the British Stainless Steel Association, (BSSA). These 1-day seminars are designed for those who have little or no knowledge of stainless steel or who need a refresher in the basics. “Understanding Stainless Steel” complements the “Starter Workshops” and will help those involved in specifying, designing, buying, selling or fabricating this versatile product.


    Click here  to download a sample from the book to give you a flavour of its contents.

    Chapter Headings of the book;

    The World of Stainless Steel – a brief overview of applications

    History of Stainless Steels

    A Little Metallurgy – basic concepts, atoms, compounds etc

    Why is stainless steel “stainless”? – explanation of the passive layer

    The Structure of Stainless Steels – ferritic, austenitic, martensitic, duplex, precipitation hardening

    Types of Stainless Steel – pros and cons of ferritic, austenitic, martensitic, duplex, PH grades

    Grade of Stainless Steel – common grades of each basic type with AISI EN equivalents

    Magnetic Properties – stainless steels are non-magnetic. Yes and No.

    The Testing of Stainless Steels – how to read a test certificate

    Corrosion of Stainless Steels

    High Temperature Properties

    Physical Properties

    Ingredients of Stainless Steel – the effects of the elements in stainless steel and grades which show this effect

    The Manufacture of Stainless Steel – overview of process routes

    Surface Finishes – range of available finishes and influence on corrosion resistance

    Fabrication of Stainless Steels

    Material Selection

    Recycling of Stainless Steel

    The Basics of Stainless Steel – summary of most important issues

    Common Standards for Stainless Steel – summary of applicable EN standards for stainless steels

    Stainless Steel Quiz – test your new knowledge

    Glossary of Terms


    Standard Price – £36.00 including UK postage and packaging

    BSSA Member Price – £29.00 including UK postage and packaging

    Overseas Orders:

    EU – £48.00 including P&P – Card payments only

    Rest of the World – £50.00 including P&P – Card payments only

    A 10 per cent discount is available for orders of 5 or more BSSA publications.

    Receive a £5 discount when you book a place on one of our BSSA Starter Workshops.

    For assistance please contact

    To order a copy, please complete the order form below, or you can order via our online shop:

  3. Stay Bright – A History of Stainless Steels in Britain by David Dulieu

    Stay Bright traces the story of the development, production and use of high chromium stainless, corrosion and heat resisting steels in Britain.

    Stay Bright chronicles the fortunes of the British companies manufacturing stainless steels; it tracks international alliances and rivalries and charts the history through times of economic boom and recession. It follows the twists of fate of those involved through world war, cold war, nationalisation and the impact of globalised industrial manufacturing.

    Few materials can claim to have made such an impact on modern life; this is how they did it in Britain.


    Standard Price – £20.00 including UK postage and packaging

    Overseas Orders:

    EU – £32.00 including P&P – Card payments only

    Rest of the World – £38.00 including P&P  – Card payments only

    For assistance please contact

    To order a copy, please complete the order form below, or you can order via our online shop:

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