History

Today's BlueScope has evolved from the integration of three pioneer companies in the Australian steel industry - Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd (BHP), John Lysaght Australia Pty Ltd (John Lysaght) and Australian Iron & Steel Ltd (AIS) - and the acquisitions of New Zealand Steel, and, in North America, Butler Manufacturing and the IMSA group of companies.

BlueScope, formerly a business group within BHP Billiton, became an independent steel company and publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) on Monday 15 July 2002.  Important dates in BlueScope's history are shown below.  A more detailed history of the Company is available here, and read about the history of the Australian steel industry here.

The BlueScope journey ...

1885 - 1935 The early years

1885

BHP formed to mine silver, lead and zinc

1915

BHP commenced steelmaking in Newcastle

1918

John Lysaght (Australia) founded to serve building and construction market with galvanised sheets

1925

BHP acquires Port Kembla Steelworks

1928

Australian Iron & Steel Limited (AIS) formed

1935

BHP acquires AIS

1965 - 1989 BHP establishes Australian and downstream operations; rollforming in Asia

1965

Singapore rollformer established

1966

First COLORBOND® steel produced

1968

Rollformers established in PNG, Fiji and Malaysia

1971

BHP acquires 50% of John Lysaght; starts feeding COLORBOND® steel to rollformers in Asia

1972

Western Port works opens

1973

Indonesia and New Caledonia rollformers established

1979

John Lysaght becomes wholly owned

1980

ASC Pacific acquired in the United States

1989

71% of New Zealand Steel acquired

1990 - 2001 Further expansion in Asia, entry into mid and downstream US market

1991 

US metal and coated painting begins in Rancho, Cucamongo and California

1993

International division established

1995

Metal coating line a paint line established in Indonesia

1996

North Star mini mill Delta, Ohio commissioned; metal coating and paint lines established in Malaysia; New Zealand Steel becomes wholly owned; expanded rollformers in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand

1998

Kalama metal coating/coated painting line commissioned in US

1999

Cold rolled mill, metal coating & painting lines established in Thailand; Newcastle steelworks closed

2000
 

BHP steel long products division divested to become OneSteel; BHP sells US Metal Coating and Painting lines and components

2001

BHP merges with Billiton Plc

2002 - Today  BlueScope becomes an independent company; further investment

2002

15 July BHP Steel listed on the ASX

2003

Name changed to BlueScope Steel following shareholder approval at Annual General Meeting

2004

Acquires Butler Manufacturing, leading designer and producer of pre-engineered buildings in North America and China

2005

Vietnam metal coating/coated painting line commissioned; Tata BlueScope Steel JV announced

2006
 

Metallic coating and painting facility opens in Suzhou, China, BlueScope's largest investment in Asia, second Thai metal coating line commissioned

2007

Smorgon Steel Distribution acquired, divestment of Vistawall North America

2008

Western Sydney Service Centre opens, acquisition of IMSA Steel Corp in USA - Steelscape, ASC Profiles, Varco Pruden and Metl-Span

2011 
 

BlueScope Australia and New Zealand business unit established; exit from Australia export business and closure of some manufacturing facilities at Port Kembla Steelworks and Western Port

2012 

Divestment of Metl-Span, reconfiguration of Asia and US businesses under Global Buildings Solutions and Building Products, NS BlueScope Coated Products JV announced

2013 

BlueScope ANZ acquisitions of Orrcon Steel, Fielders and OneSteel Sheet and Coil assets and expansion of Taharoa iron sands export operations announced

2014 

Acquisition of Fletcher Building's Pacific Steel Group coil and wire manufacturing business in New Zealand