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BlueScope Steel Limited
BHP Steel
Traded asASXBSL
ISINAU000000BSL0 Edit this on Wikidata
PredecessorBHP Steel
FounderBHP Group Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Number of locations
Australia (main headquarters),
New Zealand,
Pacific Islands,
North America,
and Asia
Key people
John Bevan (Chairman)
Mark Vasella (CEO)
RevenueAU$ 9.202 billion (FY 2016)[1]
Number of employees

BlueScope Steel Limited is an Australian flat product steel producer with resources coming in from New Zealand, Pacific Islands, North America, and Asia.


It was demerged from BHP Billiton on 22 July 2002 as BHP Steel[2] and renamed BlueScope Steel on 17 November 2003.[3]

Early in 2004, BlueScope merged with the American firm Butler Manufacturing.[4] At this time, BlueScope's managing director and chief executive officer was Kirby Adams.[5] Such a merger was considered a strategic move for both companies as they were similar in character and non-overlapping in the markets they operated in, such that acquisition of Butler, based in Kansas City, Missouri, would provide BlueScope with access to United States and Chinese markets.[6] Butler was founded in 1901, operated in sixteen countries and focused on non-residential building and building component construction.[4] At the time of the merger, Butler had a dozen production facilities across the United States, China and Mexico.[7]

In 2007, the company acquired four companies consisting of most of the United States holdings of the Argentinian firm Ternium, those being Steelscape, ASC Profiles, Varco Pruden Buildings; and Metl-Span, which was in 2012 acquired by NCI Building Systems.[8][9] The four companies had been held by the Mexican Grupo IMSA prior to their purchase by Ternium.[9] Steelscape originated in 1996 as BHP Coated Steel and was originally owned by BlueScope.[9]

In March 2012 a new coated steel manufacturing plant was inaugurated in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand State, India.[10]

In February 2014 Bluescope Steel purchased Orrcon Steel from Hills Corporation.[11] Its products include RHS, SHS and CHS structural tubular steel, hot-rolled structural steel and fencing, roofing and building accessories.

Because of lower energy prices in the U.S. than in Australia, BlueScope in 2019 decided to expand its investment in America by $1 billion.[12]


The corporate headquarters are located at 120 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria.

The company has 16,000 personnel. Its largest operating plant, an integrated steelworks, is located at Port Kembla near Wollongong in the Illawarra, New South Wales. In October 2011, No.6 Blast furnace, one of two at Port Kembla, was shut down, reducing the plant's production capacity by 50% after the company decided to exit the export market.

Major products include steel slab, hot rolled coil, steel plate, automotive steel, galvanised steel, corrugated galvanised iron, "Zincalume" brand (55% aluminium, 43.5% zinc, 1.5% silicon) coated steel, and "Colorbond" brand pre-painted steel. Tinplate production ceased in March 2007.

In 2002, the founding Managing Director and CEO was Kirby Adams. Paul O'Malley (then CFO) replaced Mr Adams in October 2007. In January 2018, Mr O’Malley retired. The head of BlueScope’s Australian business division, Mr Mark Vassella, was appointed BlueScope Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer to replace him.

Orrcon Steel supplies steel, tube and pipe to steel fabricators, furniture and trailer body manufacturers, housing and construction companies and pipeline and infrastructure engineering firms.

It has distribution centres in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Major manufacturing facilities

Finished products are transported around Australia by rail freight operator Pacific National. In February 2007 PN secured Australia's largest ever rail freight contract ($1 billion) with BlueScope Steel and OneSteel, to carry approximately 3 million tonnes of steel product each year for 7 years.[13]


See also


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2016". BlueScope.
  2. ^ "BHP Billiton group demerger 2002". Australian Tax Office. 20 July 2005. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "BlueScope Steel Ltd. | hobbyDB". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b Morales, Melinda (30 April 2004). "Butler steel plant acquired by Australia-based company". Visalia Times-Delta. 145 (261). Visalia, California: Gannett. p. C1. Retrieved 16 January 2020 – via
  5. ^ Staff (17 February 2004). "Metal building maker may be bought". Business. Visalia Times-Delta. 145 (200). Visalia, California: Gannett. p. 8A. Retrieved 16 January 2020 – via
  6. ^ Brown, Sandi Lynn (20 February 2004). "Butler on block for $204M". Lebanon Daily News. Lebanon, Pennsylvania: Garden State Newspapers. p. 3A. Retrieved 16 January 2020 – via
  7. ^ "Pending plant sale adds to Galesburg's economic jitters". Jobs & Money. The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. 126 (203). Moline, Illinois: Moline Dispatch Publishing. Associated Press. 19 February 2004. p. C7. Retrieved 16 January 2020 – via
  8. ^ "2012 Annual Report" (PDF). Annual Reports & Proxies. NCI Building Systems. 21 December 2012. p. 3. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b c Olson, Erik (20 December 2007). "Australian firm buys Steelscape". The Daily News. 85 (262). Longview, Washington: Lee Enterprises. pp. A1, A4. Retrieved 16 January 2020 – via Part 2 of the article appears at .
  10. ^ "Tata BlueScope Steel inaugurates state-of-the-art Coated Steel Manufacturing facility at Jamshedpur" (Press release). Tata BlueScope Steel. 6 March 2012. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  11. ^ "History | Orrcon Steel". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
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  13. ^ "PN wins steel deal". World Cargo News. February 2007. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2009.