Steel is the backbone of Australia’s construction, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. It’s shaped the image of this great nation in the form of bridges, motorways and stadiums - where we play, where we work and where we live.
It’s helped our economy when times have been tough by creating jobs and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, employs 110,000 Australians1. With the current economic climate, now more than ever, it is important to support local business by purchasing Australian made steel.
Buying Australian made steel means that at every point of production, your product benefits Australia. Every dollar you spend is a dollar that’s invested back into our communities to support local families and businesses. Investing money in these communities means we can safeguard the future for our children by continuing to create and manufacture products within Australia.
When you buy Australian steel, you know where your product comes from, and you know local resources are used in its production. With two steel producers, and over 300 steel distribution outlets throughout the country and numerous fabrication, manufacturing and engineering companies, the Australian steel industry generates $29 billion in annual revenue and is an essential part of the Australian economy
Using Australian made steel doesn’t just create jobs and boost the local economy, it simply makes good sense. Buying Australian products gives you confidence around the product as Australia has high manufacturing standards.
Local producers adhere to government guidelines in relation to occupational health and safety, ensuring safe working conditions. Ensuring workers receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, in a safe, secure, and sustainable environment.
Imports are growing every year, with China producing more than half of the world’s steel. This has led to a glut of steel landing at prices that make it hard for local steel production to compete.
Questions remain around overseas steel producers abiding by Australian Standards. Concerns continue over non-compliant imported steel products with defects in substandard welding and corrosion protection – underlining why it makes sense to have a trusted supplier of Australian made steel.
By meeting Australian Standards, you can be sure that the products are manufactured with Australian conditions in mind. With an environment as harsh as Australia’s, you can trust Australian made steel to have the hardiness to go the distance.
It is now more important than ever to stand behind Australian industries. Across the private and public sector, cities and regional communities, we ask you to continue to support Australian steel. In doing so, you are supporting Australian jobs, communities and safeguarding our future. We are a resilient country and united, we will get through these challenging times.
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics- 2017-2018
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