Parcitank, one of European leading manufacturers of storage tanks, is testing Outokumpu’s Supra 316plus for making wine tanks.
As wine ferments, it produces carbon dioxide fumes that rise to the top. “That is why, generally, the upper part of the tank is made of 316 steel, and the rest of the tank of 304,” explains Parcitank’s Director of Production,
Outokumpu recently released
316plus, a new high-chromium austenitic stainless steel grade that represents a competitive alternative to 316(L). “It has better resistance to corrosion, compared to the standard 316 grade, and more strength,” indicates Parra.
Taking these advantages into account, Parcitank recently purchased coil of Supra 316plus and is currently planning to use the new grade more widely. “We are performing tests in the lab, following the specifications from Outokumpu,” says Parra.
“Initially it is performing pretty well, so we are going to manufacture several wine tanks, for our own winery and for some trusted clients in our area,” announces Parra.
This change of material is important to Parcitank, since wine tanks are one of their key products. The company is based in the winemaking region of La Mancha, in central Spain, and makes wine tanks for customers worldwide.
Over the next year, Parcitank will be able to monitor those tanks to better understand the performance of the material. “After that, we will be able to use this material more broadly,” says Parra.
Looking forward to new grades
Once Parcitank’s quality control process is complete, the company plans to progressively expand the use of Supra 316plus. As a business that requires large amounts of steel for its operations, Parra highlights the need to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry.
“That is important for us. We are always very interested in any innovation or any new grade and we rely on steelmakers to inform us of new materials best suited for a particular product and sector.”