BlueScope stands behind its products by certifying their compliance to independently established Australian Standards. These standards cover such matters as the steel’s chemical composition and mechanical properties, associated testing, inspection, certification procedures, dimensional tolerances and coatings application.
All products in the sheet and coil range comply with the dimensional tolerances specified in AS/NZS 1365:1996. Additionally, our hot rolled coil products are manufactured to Australian Standard AS/NZS 1594:2002 and most cold rolled coil products in the sheet and coil range are manufactured to AS/NZS 1595:1998. The subsequently applied metallic coating thickness conforms to AS 1397: 2001 while paint coatings conform to AS/NZS 2728:2007 in the appropriate Type.
Our test certificates provide pertinent information regarding the manufacture and testing of all sheet and coil products. This recorded information, in conjunction with unique product identity for each mill coil, provides complete product traceability to support customers’ quality systems.
BlueScope also holds ISO Quality Management System Accreditation (ISO 9001), a third party accreditation that further assures the quality of our products.
BlueScope’s metallic coated sheet and coil products are rolled and sold according to their base metal thickness (BMT), as specified in AS/NZS 1365: 1996. The metallic coating thickness is additional to the base metal thickness. Competitors’ products may include the base metal and metallic coating in the total coated thickness measurement of their metallic coated products, which may mean that the product will not meet design requirements or appropriate Australian Standards.
BlueScope’s metallic and pre-painted sheet and coil products are tested in Australian conditions for many years in evaluation programs, before and after commercialisation. No other steel company designs and tests sheet and coil products for Australian conditions.
Our in-house research team monitors more than 19,000 steel test panels at seven outdoor test sites around Australia, collecting data regarding corrosion and weathering performance. BlueScope has over 30 years of exposure data. This forms the basis for continual improvements to the performance of the coatings applied to our sheet and coil products.