Grand Opening of BlueScope Steel in SIP
- the Largest Australian Investment Project in China
A grand opening ceremony was held in SIP on Oct. 18 for BlueScope Steel (Suzhou) Co., ltd., the largest Australian investment project in China, with the attendance of Governor of Victoria, Australia, the Australian Consul General in Shanghai, and responsible members of Jiangsu Province, Suzhou Municipality, and SIP departments concerned.
BlueScope Steel is the largest iron and steel multinational corporation in Australia with a total of 17,500 employees in 24 countries around the world. The 90-year-old BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary), the predecessor of BlueScope, has been the largest multi-energy company in the world, which started mining silver, lead, zinc, and other minerals in New South Wales as early as 1885, and began iron smelting and steel making in 1915.
Based on powerful R&D capabilities and global production network, BlueScope Steel started its business in plated steel in China in 1997 by setting up China Plated Steel Division, and established its brand name at the Chinese market through close cooperation with designing institutes, distributors, and customers.
Now, a brand-new production line of metal coating and plated steel sheets, at the cost of 280 million Australian dollars (or equivalent of 1.68 billion RMB), has been built in SIP. The imposing and artistically designed production line also serves as a showcase for the creative products of BlueScope Steel.
The new plant was wholly owned by BlueScope, and adopts the world's advanced technologies to produce150,000 tons of colorbond plated steel annually.
The series of BlueScope products include improved clean colorbond steel, zincalume steel, aurora TM steel, truzinc TM steel, opal steel, etc. The locally produced quality metal coating is applied by BlueScope in making colorbond steel for domestic customers at the construction market.
The BlueScope plant covers a land area of 381.62 mu, and all of its buildings are truly steel structures of the BlueScope product series.
Oct. 19, 2006