201 stainless steel sheet is always very tricky in China. There are so many types of 201 in China, like 201 J1 J2 J3 J4 J5, 201 LJ, 201 L1, and 201 LH.
Different mills may have different standards for 201. Basically, it can be classified as this.
For 201 Stainless Steel Sheet/Plate, it is mainly from bigger mills. Like LISCO/Baosteel/Beibuwan/Hongwang Their production is mainly about 201 J2 grades, which have less than 1% of Nickel, and a relatively cheaper price. They also have 201 J1 products, around 100 USD more expensive than J2.
For 201 LH, LJ, and L1, are only from LISCO, which is mainly famous for its 201 products. J1 has 1% Nickel, which is the most expensive grade. 201 LH is the cheapest one compared to the other 2 grades. LJ is invented recently and targets the oversea market.
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