Modern manufacturing

BlueScope and its partners have received a Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) grant from the Federal Government, which will enhance Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capability, and ensure we can make a substantive investment to get on with the job of making essential components for the clean energy transition including wind towers and solar farm componentry.

“The grant, which is $55.4 million, will catalyse a further $161.6 million of investment by BlueScope and its partners Keppel Prince, Bisalloy, and the University of Wollongong, and will create approximately 200 new jobs in steel manufacturing, plus up to 1000 jobs in associated industries,” said BlueScope Managing Director & CEO, Mark Vassella.

“The investment – which will create an Advanced Steel Manufacturing Precinct at Port Kembla Steelworks – will see the building of a new fabrication facility to manufacture components for the renewable energy, defence and other sectors, as well as upgrades and modernisation of BlueScope’s Plate Mill.

“This announcement is an example of BlueScope and its partners ‘walking the talk’ and taking practical action to help deliver a low emissions future for Australia,” Mr Vassella concluded.

Image: The Hon Angus Taylor MP Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction left with Mark Vassella Bluescope Managing Director & CEO at the grant announcement.

This article was first published in The Fence magazine.