A video explanation of the patented technology behind a breakthrough innovation in the Australian steel industry is now available to view online. The recently uploaded video describes the self-sealing Activate coating technology intrinsic to Bluescope Steel’s next generation Zincalume steel.
The detailed explanation shows how the addition of magnesium to the aluminium, zinc and silicon coating – combined with new manufacturing processes and technologies – gives next generation Zincalume steel a unique protection barrier. Activate technology self-seals exposed surfaces to make the product more resilient when drilled, cut or scratched during construction.
The innovative coating better protects the base metal layer, ensuring next generation Zincalume steel has greater resistance to corrosion and weathering, and is more durable in a wider range of environments. “Next generation Zincalume steel will provide multiple benefits for architects, builders, project managers and end-users, and the website video will assist them in understanding how those benefits are derived,” says Bluescope Steel market manager – commercial and industrial, Manu Siitonen.
A second video demonstrates how the product was developed over almost 20 years and contains examples of its rigorous testing in both accelerated laboratory and real-world environments. In another video, leading Australian architects explain why innovation in building materials is becoming increasingly important, particularly in response to growing environmental concerns.
Main photo: Bluescope Steel market manager Manu Siitonen (at right, with product manager Jason Hodges) at Port Kembla’s Spring Hill Metal Coating Lines, where Next Generation Zincalume steel was about to be produced.