When it comes to industrial containers and shipping, there’s a reason stainless steel drums are a favorite. Their strength and versatility make them the perfect fit for most uses, materials and industries. But, while they are a justifiably fabulous and reliable container, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for other materials.
Carbon steel drums have been gaining popularity as of late, particularly for transporting and storing liquids. Carbon steel, or carbon steel IBC as it’s known in the market, makes for a stackable and easily moved container. It is impact resistant, durable and works well in the non-corrosive chemical environment, often used for the storage and transportation of oil and lubricants.
Just like stainless steel, carbon steel is reusable and allows for easy filling, dispensing and sanitation. Made up of iron and carbon, carbon is the principal hardening and strengthening material in the steel and is thus responsible for it the material’s hardness and durability.
According to current market trends, the carbon steel industrial bulk packaging market has been growing steadily over the last few years and it expected to continue on its current trajectory. Measured against all other popular bulk packaging products, IBCs, stainless steel and carbon steel, have exhibited the fastest growth rate.
While Carbon steel IBC is lightweight and often less expensive than stainless steel IBC, it is also more susceptible to rust, so consider that when determining the correct material for your materials.