In its latest special report, “A Profile of the UK Stainless Steel Market”, the British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA) confirms that since the early 1980s, globally, stainless steel has enjoyed an average annual growth rate of 6%, significantly faster than the majority of other metals. However, in the UK demand growth has faltered, especially since the mid 1990s. This report, written by Duncan Munro (until recently director of the BSSA), traces the development and current structure of the UK stainless steel market, identifying key trends of the past 25 years. The analysis is set in the context of the overall European picture where growth rates have been higher. The report will aims to assist companies in the stainless steel supply chain towards a better understanding of the UK market for their products and inform a wider audience about the distinctive features of the stainless steel sector, which differentiate it from the wider steel industry.