Leading Australian steel building products company Lysaght is celebrating 100 years of local manufacturing.
While the current Lysaght range covers roofing and walling, architectural cladding, guttering, fascia and rainwater goods, fencing and screening, steel sections, formwork and framing, patios, carports and structures, it’s galvanised corrugated iron that it’s best known for.
This steel product has been used on everything from the roofs and bull-nose verandahs of heritage homes, through to shearing sheds and outback dunnies, and more recent architectural projects.
The product’s journey to national icon status can be traced back to Britain, where John Lysaght began galvanizing corrugated steel sheeting in 1857 under the “Orb” trademark.
Orb was first sold in Australia through independent merchants until Lysaght established the Victorian Galvanised Iron and Wire Company, which acted as a central selling agency.
In 1917 John Lysaght (Australia) Pty Ltd was formed with the intent of establishing a manufacturing site in Australia, and approximately four years later the new Lysaght company commenced manufacturing at its site in Newcastle.
At this point, the Orb began its Australian-made journey, and 100 years on Lysaght has never looked back.
General Manager Peta Renkin said the company was proud of reaching the milestone: “For Lysaght to have reached 100 years of manufacturing in Australia is an extremely satisfying achievement.
“It’s proof that there’s viability in local production – Lysaght has worked hard to develop new product lines, to innovate and to make manufacturing processes as efficient as possible.”
Today, Lysaght’s parent company BlueScope supplies it with Australian-made steel. Manufacturing of the Lysaght products is overseen by skilled production technicians at more than 40 Lysaght branches nationwide.
Along with products such as Custom Orb – the heritage of which can be traced back to Orb – Lysaght has continued to innovate and lead the industry, introducing many game-changing products to market including Klip-Lok and Bondek. lysaght.com