Duplex water heater tank unveiled

Outokumpu has introduced duplex stainless steel for domestic water heaters in China, producing the first-ever duplex water heater tank with a local fabricator. Domestic water heaters offer vast market potential for stainless steel in China.
In April 2012, a prototype hot water storage tank for domestic water heaters was successfully fabricated in China from Outokumpu’s thin duplex stainless steel sheet of grade 2304 (EN 1.4362) under the supervision of and with assistance from Outokumpu technical specialists.
The ongoing construction boom in China means huge growth in demand for domestic appliances such as water heaters. Worldwide, water heaters with storage tanks are the most popular method to provide hot water for households.
“There is still a great deal of work to be done before large-scale commercial sales,” says Sales Manager Chang-Ching Sun of Outokumpu in China, “but it’s fair to say that the seed for duplex stainless steel in domestic water heater tanks in China has been sown.”
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