Where does it come from?
The current steel manufacture for roofing coils is unfortunately being perceived as being made in Australia. Is this correct? The magic Phantom Rollformer rang and is importing steel from China - and it is no different to the Zincalume coil currently being sold by BlueScope - yet BlueScope say that theirs is only made in Australia! But their coil marks only state Made by BlueScope! Is it made in Australia?
A few of the other companies are also selling imported coil and rolling roof sheets with the same warranties as BlueScope! Is steel from China, Thailand, Vietnam etc any different to the Australian made? With the current problems in manufacturing of steel in Australia (and huge imports of steel this calender year) the volume of coil being sold currently in Australia for roofing (excluding Colorbond) is up to nearly 75% from imported coil.
Lot's of importing is going to occur this year and the next - who are the major importers - well BlueScope are now importing the same volume of coil steel with now virtually no exports! They should be fair to the industry and state where the coil is made!
One example is where universities are now being sponsored by overseas steel companies (Not Australian) and where is the knowledge going? See Boa Steel sponsor Aus Universities .
|Thanks Bao Steel for adding $25 Million to our Universities in Australia!|
The future of the metal roofing industry seems to be heading toward a giant downturn unless the government and the big manufacturers agree there is a future! Currently we will just be distributing roofing coil from overseas!
The rollformers that import the most are Stramit, Stratco and Metroll! But is Lysaght and the others also guilty as BlueScope provides them with imported coil marked as MADE BY BLUESCOPE but actually made overseas! How big is BoaSteel?