Our History

Our History

Image: Steel billets to cooling beds - 1968

InfraBuild has a rich history spanning more than 100 years and has entered an exciting new chapter, playing an integral role in the nation building of Australia.

At InfraBuild, we are inspired by visions of what might be possible, of making our world a stronger, safer, more sustainable and connected place to live. They inspire us to challenge the notion of what is possible, from building the cities that we live in to the infrastructure that powers them. We're there to collaborate and help make possibilities happen.


BHP’s first Australian Steelworks Opens

BHP’s Newcastle Steelworks is completed and opens in Newcastle. The first large scale steelworks in the nation, it will run for the next 84 years and help industrialise the nation.


Newcastle's First Coil

The first coil of wire was drawn at Newcastle. This marked the birth of the plant now known as the Newcastle Wire Mill.


BHP Steel Rises

There is only one Australian structural steel long products producer, BHP Steel (which also make flat products). BHP Steel owns 99% market share.


Increased Capability

Smorgon Steel opens the Laverton Steel Mill.


Mergers Begin

BHP acquires BORAL STEEL which is renamed REOSTEEL


Sydney Expansion

BHP Steel opens a new EAF and Bar Mill at Rooty Hill in Sydney


Uniting Australia’s Reinforcing Businesses

BHP combines Aquila Steel, Reosteel, Queensland Welded Mesh, and Fibresteel into BHP Reinforcing Products


Expanding our Tubular Capacity

BHP acquires Tubemakers.


OneSteel is born

BHP spins out Steel Long Products to become OneSteel, then later BHP spins out their Flats Products Division to form BlueScope Steel.


Smorgon Expands

Smorgon Metal Recycling and Metalcorp Limited merge to form Smorgon Steel Recycling.


Hexham Shredder Commissioned

Our Recycling business increased their capacity in the Newcastle region with the commissioning of a heavy duty scrap metal shredder.


Two Giants Redefine Australian Steel

Smorgon Steel Group and OneSteel merge. Smorgon Steel Reinforcing rebrands to The Australian Reinforcing Company in the following year.


OneSteel Evolves

The OneSteel Corporate business name changes to Arrium.


AusTube Mills Celebrates 80years of Quality Steel Manufacturing

Current and past employees of the AusTube Mills Newcastle site were joined by local dignitaries to commemorate the business' achievements over the past eight years. Read More: Celebrating 80 years of quality steel manufacturing


Arrium Becomes Liberty

The GFG Alliance, headed by Sanjeev Gupta purchases Arrium. The Business is renamed Liberty.

AUG 2019

Making Sustainable Steel Possible

Liberty OneSteel becomes InfraBuild.

OCT 2019

InfraBuild Wire Celebrates 100 years

Read More: Newcastle Wire Steel Manufacturing Turns 100.