BlueScope’s Port Kembla site will soon install a new stretch levelling processing line, a $5 million investment.
The Illawarra Mercury reports that the new line will be installed adjacent the company’s Hot Strip Mill, and was a reflection of improved fortunes at the steelmaker.
"Our customers have a preference to buy locally made high-quality steel and through this investment we are able to offer them such a product," Ken Liddle, BlueScope’s manager of manufacturing, construction and mining, told the Mercury.
"The flatness and consistency of stretch-levelling is particularly suited to the industry's growing preference towards laser cutting and will be appreciated by our customers."
The line is currently travelling from the United States, and will, when installed, improve properties including the ability of the product to be bent and cut.