Barker Trailers reach milestone manufacturing moment with Orrcon Steel

In 1974, the bankcard was first introduced in Australia, the average house price in Sydney was $28,000 and Barker Trailers opened its first factory.

Fast forward to 2018 and we can purchase a cup of coffee with our watches, Sydney median house prices are above $1 Million and the 10,000th semi-trailer has rolled off the production line at Barker Trailers.

This milestone moment in manufacturing was celebrated in early March as the Victorian based national manufacturer reflected on more than 40 years in the industry.

How UCI Manufacturing’s tables have turned

UCI Manufacturing has been supplying commercial furniture solutions that provide a working space for some of the brightest minds in the country.

Our nations’ best thinkers at Melbourne University, Monash University, Geoscience Australia and Oz Minerals are among the organisations utilising UCI Manufacturing’s workstations, which optimise their performance and help solve problems.

Made from 100% Australian made Orrcon Steel, ‘UCI Manufacturing’ produces office workstations, tables and seating that are fit for purpose.

Foreign aid project benefits from Orrcon Steel

Adloheat has been making a stand on servicing the horticultural industry and supporting foreign aid projects.

They have been making thousands of plant stands every year which are on display at selected Bunnings Warehouse stores, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, as well as TAFE and Landcare Groups.

Founded by husband and wife duo Wayne and Jayne Harris, Adloheat are committed to providing high quality Australian made horticultural segment products and garden accessories, including hot houses, green houses, shade houses and propagating equipment.

Metcon and Orrcon Steel work in partnership

Metal Fabricator Metcon have been a long-term customer of Orrcon Steel and are a fine example of our commitment to building long term business relationships.

The relationship between Metcon and Orrcon Steel’s precision mill in Adelaide’s O'Sullivan Beach started in 1994 and has since grown to be a dynamic partnership.

Metcon are a unique business with a special focus on highly customised architectural metal work.

From custom wall facades, to architectural lighting and bespoke metal furniture pieces, Metcon require unique cuts of steel.

BlueScope collaboration at Mansfield State High tops the class

Orrcon Steel and Lysaght have earned an A+ from Mansfield State High School, after successfully collaborating to complete multiple roof structures, as well as a large deck adjoining the school’s tuckshop.

The BlueScope businesses teamed up to combine LYSAGHT® building products with Orrcon Steel’s MAXI-TUBE® to provide shelter and new decking, enhancing the experience of around 2600 students at Mansfield State High School.

GALVABOND® Commercial Pipe now manufactured locally in SA

Orrcon Steel’s O’Sullivan Beach Precision Mill is excited to announce they have successfully completed trials to manufacture GALVABOND® Commercial Pipe.

GALVABOND® Commercial Pipe offers an alternative to Hot Dipped Galvanised pipe in selected applications. There is a real bonus in being Australian made as it is high quality steel and shorter lead times to produce.

After analysing the tooling and roll sets at O’Sullivan Beach, Orrcon Steel’s Precision Mill team identified several sizes that could be produced using GALVABOND® coil sourced from parent company BlueScope. 

Dual third party product certifications set benchmark

As evidence of Orrcon Steel continuing to improve its processes and maintaining product conformity to Australian standards, Orrcon Steel is now dual accredited by AS/NZS 1163 Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels (ACRS) and the British Standards Institution (BSI Australia and New Zealand).

Both ACRS and BSI provide third party assurance that Orrcon’s product and process comply by undertaking annual surveillance auditing of its mill operations. 

‘Back to the Future’ virtual experience now at Orrcon Steel

Like something out of the Back to the Future movie franchise, Orrcon Steel has created a virtual experience of its Structural Steel Manufacturing site with 360-degree compatibility.

This interactive and engaging video showcases steel manufacturing in a way that’s never been seen before. The viewer has full control of what they see and it provides an unprecedented viewpoint of the manufacturing of Orrcon Steel tubular products.

Choose MECSPEC-GAL™ Pipe for a durable galvanised solution

After successful trials to seek a Commercial Pipe option at Orrcon Steel’s O’Sullivan Beach Precision Mill, we now offer an alternative to Hot Dipped Galvanised pipe to be known as MECSPEC-GAL™ Pipe.

Manufactured with quality BlueScope GALVABOND® coil, MECSPEC-GAL™ Pipe offers a versatile alternative to imported products.

Rolled to length and made with 300 grade steel, MECSPEC-GAL™ Pipe is hot-dipped zinc coated with a spangled surface.

Site Manager changes the game with Jessica Gallagher

Orrcon Steel Salisbury Site Manager Daniel Crompton has been nominated to participate in the 2017/2018 Change the Game program.

Change the Game is a program developed through partnership with BlueScope and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and it has been designed to build personal leadership capacity and expand mindsets beyond business and sport.

The Orrcon Steel Site Manager for Salisbury in Brisbane will join nine other BANZ (BlueScope Australia New Zealand) employees, who are matched with 10 elite Australian female athletes for mutual learning and development.

LED lighting is a bright idea

According to data from the International Energy Agency, Australians are paying some of the highest electricity prices in the world.

Orrcon Steel’s parent company BlueScope has taken a national centralised approach to lowering power consumption and ongoing maintenance costs, while also improving lighting quality.

Orrcon Steel benefitted from this project with a warehouse in Tamworth converting to LED lights.

Since the installation there have been significant cost savings:

Bluedog Fences and Orrcon Steel’s unbeatable cricket partnership

Petersham Park Oval holds a special place in world cricket history.

The world’s best batsman of all time Sir Donald Bradman, scored his maiden first grade century at Petersham Park in 1926 at the age of 18.

It was Bradman’s debut in Sydney grade cricket and the first time the cricketing world saw what he was capable of. In this match ‘The Don’ scored 110 runs at Petersham Park and even had bowling figures of three wickets for 26 runs, as a handy part-time leg-spinner.    

PRA Team Drop-in On Surfers Paradise Storm

Following a disappointing result at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Prodrive Racing (Australia) are ready to tackle the wild and likely wet Surfers Paradise track at the Gold Coast 600. PRA drivers have had sporadic success on the 2.96km street circuit, but the team hopes to put its recently improved car pace to good use in its quest for a fifth – and possibly sixth – race win in Surfers Paradise.

With three events remaining in the 2017 season, there is still plenty to play for in the championship for Cameron Waters, Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert.

Australian Made Steel Is The Answer

* “Build it using quality Australian steel that is manufactured to the highest standards and operates under an ISO 9001 Quality Management System and they will come.”

In New Zealand, it was found that an infrastructure project on the North Island outside Auckland used 500 tonnes of steel that did not comply with structural steel standards and cannot be used on a $2 billion expressway.

Australian Steel Institute awards Orrcon Steel for safety



Orrcon Steel Warehouse and Logistics Manager Glenn Todd has won the 2017 Logistics Safety Code Award at the 2017 Australian Steel Institute (ASI) Health and Safety Excellence Awards.

Glenn Todd was a recipient of the Logistics Safety Code Award due to his leadership in safety and his ability to improve site processes across the entire steel, transport and logistics Industry.

Glenn has been working for Orrcon Steel for 15-years and started as a Logistics Supervisor, before working his way up the ranks to become a Logistics and Warehouse Manager.