301 Stainless Steel

ASTM A240/A480

Type 301 stainless steel is an austenitic chromium-nickel stainless steel that when cold worked provides high strength and good ductility.

The process of creating stainless involves mining chromite from underground mines. The chromite is crushed to produce a chromite concentrate. The material is melted in an electric furnace with other raw materials (iron ore, manganese, nickel, etc.) use for the specific stainless type.

After melting the material is formed into slabs and sent to a hot rolling mill. The rolling mill, also known as a roughing mill, reduces the thickness of the steel and it is cooled by water. The material is then transferred to a cold rolling mill.

When the material arrives at the cold rolling mill it is covered in black scale and is sent through an annealing and pickling line to remove it.

To find out which of our locations process and stock 301 stainless steel download our line cards.

Metal West Stainless Steel Supplier

Metalwest Standard Sizes

7 gauge – 26 gauge
36″, 48″, 60″ wide

*Additional sizes & grades available upon request. Some products and services may vary by location.

Typical uses for Type 301 Stainless Steel

Cookware, kitchen equipment, aircraft structural parts, truck and trailer bodies, diaphragms, utensils, architectural and automotive trim, automobile wheel covers, roof drainage products, storm door frames, conveyor belts, railway and subway cars.


Type 301 can be readily formed and drawn.

Magnetic Properties

Type 301 stainless steel is non-magnetic in the annealed condition but becomes slightly magnetic when cold-worked.