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.

1915

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.

1919

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.

1970s

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.

1984

Increased Capability

Smorgon Steel opens the Laverton Steel Mill.

1991

Mergers Begin

BHP acquires BORAL STEEL which is renamed REOSTEEL

1992

Sydney Expansion

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

1995

Uniting Australia’s Reinforcing Businesses

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

1997

Expanding our Tubular Capacity

BHP acquires Tubemakers.

2000

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.

2001

Smorgon Expands

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

2007

Two Giants Redefine Australian Steel

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

2012

OneSteel Evolves

The OneSteel Corporate business name changes to Arrium.

2014

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

2017

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.