Mark Cain

A message from the chief executive – April 2024

Introducing the digital Steel Australia magazine

In response to the evolving needs of our members and audience, the ASI has launched a state-of-the-art digital version of Steel Australia magazine. 

This digital leap is not just about going paperless; it’s about creating a more interactive, accessible, and engaging platform that meets you wherever you are – office, home, or on the move. You’ll be able to access the latest insights, immersive content, and a wealth of knowledge online.

ASI understands the timeless value of a tactile reading experience. That’s why we’re not only keeping our printed magazine, but have given it a comprehensive facelift. The sleek, modern design in the first edition for 2024 not only appeals to the eye but also enhances readability. 

Promoting a sustainable and de-carbonising industry

We recently announced the winners of the inaugural Steel Sustainability Awards. The awards provide an opportunity to showcase the achievements of the end-to-end supply chain including architects, designers, engineers, steel manufacturers, distributors, fabricators, processors, builders and constructors in delivering steel-related solutions that result in positive sustainable impact.

The Australian Steel Institute congratulates all the winners, highly commended, and organisations who made a submission to the awards. The winners and highly commended were:

ASI would like to thank to our sponsors, including:

  • Major sponsor BlueScope
  • Category sponsors Liberty and AA Steel Works
  • Distributor sponsors BlueScope Distribution, Calibre Steel, GAM Steel Service, InfraBuild, Orrcon Steel, Southern Steel, United Steel and Vulcan

The Steel Sustainability Australia (SSA) certification program continues to grow. The program engages the entire steel value chain to comply with best practice sustainable operations in steel manufacturing, fabrication and processing. Four mill sites have been verified, 39 sites have already been certified, and another 42 sites are currently undergoing certification.

Securing robust supply chains with strong local content

The ASI advocates for better and fairer conditions across the steel sector and for the benefit of all. Over recent months, the

ASI has continued to work with all levels of government to address these issues.

The ASI drafted a discussion paper after discussions with six different NSW fabricators over a two-week period. All were quite concerned about the significant increase in the

incidence of losing jobs to low priced imported fabricated steel. One fabricator has estimated the annual quantity of imports as being between 200,000 and 250,000 tonnes. Options for follow-up action are being discussed with local steel suppliers.

We are also working with various state and federal government  departments and private developers on major projects, including the Torrens to Darlington Project that will require 170,000 tonnes of reinforced steel over the construction timeline; the Marinus Link Project in Tasmania; the Suburban Rail Loop East Project in Victoria; and the NSW Renewable Energy Plan.

2024 Australian Steel Convention

Planning is well underway for the 2024 Australian Steel Convention. With the theme of What it takes: Sustainable Building and Infrastructure, the convention will be held from 8 to 10 September at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square.

An exciting line-up of presenters and panels will examine:

  • cost-effective, sustainable, and resilient steel solutions
  • case studies showcasing steel’s versatility, reusability, and traceability
  • demands and opportunities of the Australian infrastructure initiatives and projects pipeline
  • the current and future requirements and capabilities of the Australian steel supply chain

Register via steel.org.au.

Mark Cain
Chief executive of the Australian Steel Institute

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