Steel Research Hub | Industry Partners
The ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing achieves collaboration between seven industry partners, providing sector-wide industry representation.
The Steel Research Hub represents a comprehensive collaborative effort to address the key competitive challenges confronting the Australian steel industry. It builds on the many years of collaborative research between the Australian steel industry and the University sector. Our key industry partners (BlueScope, OneSteel (represented by Arrium), Australian Steel Institute, Bisalloy, Cox Architects, Lysaght, Stockland) are a unique grouping, representing a cross-section of the Australian steel industry, from raw materials though to the end-user SMEs. Utilising the existing relationships between the major industry players and SMEs, as well as tapping into the broad membership of the Australian Steel Institute, we challenge past perceptions of the difficulty in involving SMEs in manufacturing research.
The significant cash ($5.3M) and in-kind ($6.475M) commitment by the Australian steel industry over five years demonstrates the strong desire of the industry to address the complex issues it faces. This investment will be used to strengthen and expand the internationally recognised excellence of the industry and University partners in the field of steel manufacturing in Australia.
BlueScope, iconic Australian Steelmaker and cornerstone industry partner, is contributing $5M cash and over $5M in-kind to the research program. Bluescope has a long term commitment to supporting steel manufacturing and product R&D in Australia, and a strong record of achievements arising from a range of government, academic and industrial collaborations. With the Steel Research Hub BlueScope will continue in this tradition and its researchers are actively participating in research activities across all four programs of the Hub.
OneSteel, Australia’s premier long steel product manufacturer, is contributing $300K cash to the program. OneSteel’s membership of, and support for, the Steel Research Hub is testament to the company’s desire to build a foundation for ongoing collaboration, not only with Australian Universities, but also with BlueScope, to boost its competitiveness. Researchers based at the Whyalla Steelworks, which is the engine room of OneSteel’s business, will contribute to projects in Program D – Sustainable Steel Manufacturing.
Cox Architecture, Australia’s premier architectural firm, has a long history of steel structure design and construction. Building on the highly successful collaboration with UOW and BlueScope that delivered the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at UOW’s Innovation Campus, Cox Architecture will contribute to Program B – Market-Focused Product Innovation. As industry leaders in innovative steel structures and buildings, Cox bring invaluable expertise to projects focused on increasing steel intensity in medium-rise Australian buildings.
The Australian Steel Institute (ASI), Australia’s peak steel industry association, represents approximately 1700 members, including hundreds of Small to Medium Enterprises across the complete value chain. ASI’s link to Program B - Market-Focused Product Innovation is clear. As a broad member-based group ASI provides a key mechanism for facilitating downstream SMEs in the building component design and manufacturing fields to engage with the key upstream manufacturers along with the innovation and research sectors. ASI will provide a coordinated response and dissemination channel for the research being undertaken in the Hub.
Bisalloy, Australia’s only manufacturer of Quenched and Tempered (Q&T) steels, with 30 years experience supplying quality steels. With its involvement in the Steel Research Hub Bisalloy continues and strengthens its longstanding collaborations with both UOW and BlueScope. With contributions in Program B – Market-Focused Product Innovations, Bisalloy will work collaboratively towards improved high strength hot rolled products, allowing it to continue to support Australian and global companies servicing the mining, building, infrastructure and defence industries.
Lysaght bring world leading capability in the evaluation of hail and cyclonic impact, wind uplift and water penetration performance of steel building products. Their world-class testing facilities and expert advice ensure that products developed within Program B are suitable for market.
Stockland, Australia's largest diversified property group, develops, owns and manages retail centres, business parks, logistics centres, office buildings, residential communities and retirement living villages. Joining the Hub within Program B – Market-focused Product Innovation, Stockland will contribute their wealth of knowledge of the Australian building industry.