BlueScope has opened a new hot rolled coil processing facility at its Port Kembla steelworks to improve lead times.
The steel-maker's TRU-SPEC Coil Plate steel processing line features state-of-the-art stretch-levelling technology for the manufacture of coil plate in Australia.
The processing line has been installed adjacent to the Hot Strip Mill at BlueScope's Port Kembla steelworks. The line was built ahead of schedule enabling the new product's launch date to be brought forward by one month.
The processing line was opened by the Lord Mayor of Wollongong, Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM, Jason Ellis (BlueScope general manager - Sales, Marketing, Innovation and Trading) and John Nowlan (BlueScope general manager - Manufacturing).
BlueScope's new coil plate product will be available in the market as TRU-SPEC Coil Plate steel and provide customers with an industry-leading standard of consistently-flat and memory free coil plate products.
TRU-SPEC Coil Plate steel will bend, cut, press and form predictably to ensure products made from it can be produced efficiently and easily.
BlueScope market manager Gregory Moffitt, said the investment in state-of-the-art stretch levelling technology was made to introduce TRU-SPEC Coil Plate steel with customers top-of-mind.
"The excellent flatness, consistency and surface condition of TRU-SPEC Coil Plate steel is particularly suited to the industry's growing preference towards laser-cutting, which requires coil plate products to stay flat during the cutting process, said Mr Moffitt.
"Stretch levelling technology produces a 'memory-free' product, which means TRU-SPEC Coil Plate steel is less likely to flex up and jam, or damage the laser cutter."
With the new facility, BlueScope customers can now order smaller quantities on short lead times.