How to Buy Stainless Steel From A Chinese Stainless Steel Factory

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Stainless steel is commonly used  in many areas of our daily life, we can see products made of stainless steel everywhere, from tableware to vehicles for transportation. With the improvement of technology and popularization of stainless steel, we believe that stainless steel is likely to be more common and more affordable. The stainless steel industry is an industry that attracts people’s attention. More and more people make up their mind to enter this industry. Products from China are always praised for their quality and affordability. If you want a good beginning in the career of your business, cooperating with  a Chinese stainless steel factory is a good choice.

In this article, we will share some basic knowledge about stainless steel and provide some methods to contact the Chinese stainless steel factory.

What Is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is a group of iron-based alloys that contain a minimum of approximately 11% chromium. We all know that some kinds of stainless steel have corrosion-resistant and heat-resistant properties, which all come from chromium.

Different types of stainless steel include the elements like carbon(from 0.03% to more than 1%), nitrogen, aluminum, silicon, sulfur, titanium, nickel, copper, selenium, niobium, and molybdenum. The content of these elements will be different for different kinds of stainless steel. People use a three-digit number to designated specific types of stainless steel,e.g., 304 stainless steel.201 stainless steel.

Stainless steel is the perfect material for many areas where the strength of steel, corrosion resistance, and low cost are required, because of its strength from composition, resistance to corrosion, and staining.

Moreover, manufacturers can form stainless steel into different shapes like sheet, plate, bar, wire, and tubing, coil. People use these shapes of stainless steel in cookware, cutlery, surgical instruments, major appliances, construction material in large buildings, industrial equipment (e.g., in paper mills, chemical plants, water treatment), and storage tanks and tankers for chemicals and food products.

Different Types of Stainless Steel

301 stainless steel

With high ductile, 301 steel is most used for molding products. It can harden rapidly during machining. As to the abrasive resistance and fatigue strength, 301 steel is better than 304 steel.

302 stainless steel

Its corrosion resistance is the same as 304, but the strength is slightly higher due to the addition of carbon.

303 stainless steel

By adding the elements of sulfur and phosphorus, 303 stainless steel is easier to process when compared to 304 steel.  ISO 3506 named it “A1”

304 stainless steel

304 stainless steel is the most common 18/8 stainless steel. It has also known name “A2” by ISO3506.

If you want to get more information about 304 stainless steel,read our previous article:

316 stainless steel

It’s the second most common stainless steel (after 304); which is always used in the food industry and surgery; The addition of molybdenum to the alloy prevents certain forms of corrosion. It is Also known as “ocean grade” stainless steel, and name “A4” by ISO 3506. Its resistance to chloride ion corrosion makes itself a perfect material to build nuclear reprocessing plants.

Most stainless steel watches use this 316 stainless steel. Rolex is an exception because they use the 904L model. 18/10 stainless steel usually corresponds to this grade


Why Choose Chinese Stainless Steel Factory 

As to the stainless steel from China, you may hear much bad news about it. When you search Chinese stainless steel on Google, you can get many results about the bad quality of stainless steel from Chinese manufacturers. They will tell you how Chinese stainless steel factories compromise the quality of products to make more profits. Chinese products totally could not meet the international quality standard. In a word, they advise you to avoid Chinese stainless steel products. It’s hard to deny that this kind of condition was partly true in some content.

Nowadays, if take a clear look at the Chinese stainless steel industry, you can aware of the improvement of both products and Chinese stainless steel producers. The quality of products from China speaks itself, gradually reducing people stereotypes.


Within the 64 years of development, Chinese stainless steel factory has gradually improved their equipment. Let’s take Taiyuan Iron and Steel Company as an example. Its production line is equipped with a modern blast furnace, iron pretreatment desulfurization, dephosphorization, decarbonization, oxygen converter, AOD, VOD refining device, 2250mm hot strip mill, five-stand wide stainless steel cold strip mill. This high-tech equipment enables the producer to operate with high efficiency and ensure a high-quality level.


So does the stainless steel smelting process. From electric arc furnace- one-step method to RKEF ten VOD stainless steel advanced production process. We can see how great the breakthrough is.

How to Contact with Chinese Stainless Steel Factory


This is the best way for you to get in touch with Chinese stainless steel factories. Various stainless steel exhibitions will be held in different strict of China every year. We advise you to choose a large one so that you can find more Chinese manufacturers.

An exhibition will include a great number of vendors. You can talk to any stainless steel suppliers if you have interests in their products

Canton Fair

The China Import and Export Fair, founded on April 25, 1957, is held in Guangzhou every year in spring and autumn. It is co-sponsored by The Ministry of Commerce and The People’s Government of Guangdong Province and organized by China Foreign Trade Center. It is a comprehensive international trade event with the longest history, the highest level, the largest scale, and is honored as “China’s First Exhibition”

The Canton Fair has a variety of flexible ways of trade. In addition to the traditional sample transaction, online trade fairs are also held. The Canton Fair mainly focuses on export trade and also does import business

As to the product sourcing, if you are looking for competitive vendor pricing or preparing to introduce a new product line, the Canto Fair is the best place for you. You can get unaccountable worthy options and ask the vendor directly about quality, pricing, and minimums. Moreover, the Canton fair provides a chance for you to talk with vendors face to face, helping you develop relationships you could never have over email. One coin has two sides, you should prepare more money for the trip to China, other than money, some preparation should be done for the trip rather than just buying a ticket.

Preparation for the trip to Chinese exhibitions

(1)Flight and hotel

You should book your flight and hotel first for applying for a visa. You need to provide the dates you travel to China and the location you stay in China.

(2)Apply for your Chinese visa

At the very least, you will need to apply visa 6 weeks before you leave. We advise you to spare more time for this application process.

(3) Letter of invitation
(4)Submit Chinese Visa Paperwork

Mail all documentation and your passport to the closest Chinese Embassy.

(5)Apply for your Canton Fair Buyer’s Card

You can get the card when you are in the Canton fair, just follow the instructions from on-site staffs

(6)Packing for an international business trip

RMB cash, extra visa photo, business cards, power converter. Daily uses can depend on your habits.

(7)Download some popular Apps

VPN- Vpn enables people in China to access Websites like Google and Facebook.

We chat:  ALL of the Chinese use Wechat for daily communication

Didi:  Using this app to solve the problem of transportation, Which is cheaper than Taxis.

If you want to get more details about preparation, read this article:

The Simple Step-by-Step Preparation Checklist for The China Canton Fair

201 stainless steel sheet

Wholesale market

Since the beginning of the 1980s, Lecong Iron and Steel Market has developed from the operation way of stalls. Today, it has become a comprehensive wholesale market.

After nearly 30 years of accumulation, Lecong Iron and Steel Market has attracted numerous domestic and overseas merchants. Lecong will seize this opportunity to upgrade the steel trade industry and build a world-class steel trading center.

You can also find different vendors in such a wholesale market. Compared with the Canton Fair, it needs you to spend more time and energy looking around the market. You may also need to hire a translator for communication. There are also some advantages for the wholesale market. Some vendors will directly take you to their warehouse or factories, which provides more insights to the suppliers.

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Many websites can be used to contact Chinese stainless steel factories. We take Alibaba as an example

As the world’s largest B2B cross-border e-commerce platform, has covered more than 200 countries and regions around the world. “Door to door”  is one of the key directions: From the warehouse to Chinese ports, goods will be transported to the abroad ports to complete customs clearance, duty payment, and terminal distribution.

It’s very convenient for you to contact vendors who have their position on Before placing an order finally, we advise you to go to China and talk to the vendors face to face to confirm the quality of goods and their qualifications.

These are the three ways we advise you to use for searching and contacting the Chinese stainless steel factory. You can choose one of them according to your conditions.

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After reading this article, you may have a clear knowledge about stainless steel and the way to contact with Chinese stainless steel factory. We introduce:

What is stainless steel?

Different Types of stainless steel

Why Choose Chinese Stainless Steel Factory

How to contact with Chinese stainless steel factory

If you still have other questions, you can send us an email, we will reply as soon as possible.

Thanks for your reading.

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