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Type 301

Stainless Steel

301 Stainless Steel

Type 301 is an austenitic stainless steel alloy which offers high strength and good corrosion resistance in mildly corrosive environments at ambient temperature.

Good Ductility

The alloy is suitable for all forms of welding and displays good ductility when cold worked. 301 stainless can also be readily formed and drawn. Type 301L is the low carbon version of Type 301 and is suitable for applications which require good ductility. High strength combined with excellent corrosion resistance makes 301 stainless ideal for a wide range of applications in sectors such as aerospace, rail and automotive.


Type 301 stainless steel is a high strength austenitic alloy with good ductility properties when cold worked. With excellent corrosion resistance, the material can be easily welded.

Typical Applications

Commercial applications for this engineering material include:

  • Automotive wheel covers
  • Aircraft structural parts
  • Railcar structural components
  • Wiper blade clips
  • Diaphragms
  • Trailer components

We stock Type 301 in round bar, plate, sheet and strip.

Technical Assistance

Our knowledgeable staff and resident metallurgists will be pleased to assist you further on any technical topic. Smiths Metal Centres Limited also boasts an in-house UKAS Accredited Testing Laboratory which is unique within the multi-metal and plastic stockholding sector. We believe this underlines our total commitment to quality and our ethos of being the complete service provider.

Additional Info

A technical datasheet for Type 301 is available in PDF file format. To view and download, please click here.

We offer in-house processing options - for more information, please refer to our processing services.

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