The term V2A has been in use for more than 100 years and was the abbreviation for "Versuchsschmelze 2 Austenit". This steel grade contained 18% chromium and 8% nickel and is no longer produced in this special composition today. In everyday language, this expression is still in use.
In addition to V2A, V4A is still frequently requested. If V2A steel is required today, stainless steel is often meant. The term "rustproof steel" is also inadequate at this point, because not all stainless steels are rust-free. "Stainless" refers to the high purity of the material with regard to harmful elements such as sulphur and phosphorus.
You can ask us with a clear conscience for products made of V2A plate metal. In a consultation meeting we will select the suitable material for you, depending on the planned use.
Today, these steels are called chromium-nickel steels and, due to their great variety, precisely defined with a steel brand. In order to obtain a stainless and scale-resistant steel with certainty, the material should contain at least 13% chrome.
V2A is currently listed under the material number 1.4301. This 18/10 chrome-nickel steel is austenitic, acid-resistant and has a low carbon content. It can be easily welded using all electrical methods and is heat resistant up to 600°C. 1.4301 is particularly suitable for deep drawing, bending or roll bending.
This steel is used, for example, in the manufacture of machine parts and consumer goods for the food industry, cosmetics industry, pharmaceutical industry, sanitary facilities or household goods. The resistance to edible acids, water and steam as well as weak inorganic/organic acids is used to advantage.
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