It all started back in 1857 when a 25-year-old Irishman by the name of John Lysaght saw potential in corrugated iron sheeting, and started exporting it to Australia under the trademark “ORB”.

Lysaght corrugated iron helped build the nation’s domestic and industrial landscape. There’s the iconic shearing shed, the classic outback dunny. And who isn’t warmed by the comforting sound of rain on a corrugated roof?

We’ve never rested on our laurels though. Our commitment to making quality products and putting customers at the centre of everything we do has guided our thinking since John’s humble beginnings.

Today, LYSAGHT® products help build everything from garden sheds, carports and new homes, to large commercial and industrial projects. And, in addition to roofing, our product range now also includes walling, gutters and downpipes, purlins, fences, structural formwork and home improvement products.

The Lysaght journey:
1857John Lysaght is given a small galvanising works in Bristol, England and selected Orb as the brand his product would carry
Early yearsJohn Lysaght exported galvanised corrugated iron (Orb brand) to Australia
1880John Lysaght established a Central Selling Agency in Melbourne, Australia through which all Australian sales were made. Other branches followed in other Australian States
1897The first Lysaght Referee published – published as ‘The Metal Trades’ Referee and Storekeeeper’s Guide’
1918John Lysaght (Australia) Pty Ltd (commonly referred to as Lysaght’s) founded The head office was transferred from Melbourne to Sydney
1921First Australian Lysaght manufacturing plant opened in Newcastle, NSW The first Australian sheet was rolled and galvanised
1936Lysaght purchased The Australian Iron & Steel (AIS) plant at Port Kembla. John Lysaght Australia technical department opened in Newcastle
1939Lysaght plant at Springhill (Port Kembla NSW) completed Commonwealth Rolling Mills (CRM) established in Port Kembla Port Kembla as a joint venture between Lysaght and American Rolling Mills
1947Lysaght purchased American Rolling Mills share of CRM
1961Lysaght became a public company by issuing 3 million shares (20%) to the Australian public
1969BHP obtained a 24% share in John Lysaght Australia
1970BHP-GKN Holdings Ltd established to hold 50/50 ownership of Lysaght.
1971Lysaght acquired the steel building products division of Brownbuilt and renamed as Lysaght Brownbuilt Industries
1979Lysaght became a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP
1987-1999Lysaght renamed Lysaght Building Industries, then Lysaght Building Products, then BHP Building Products, then BHP Steel Lysaght
2002BHP steel listed on the ASX (BHP spun off its steel operation)
2003Name changed to BlueScope Lysaght
2004Acquired Metalform (Vic)
2006Acquired Kiteley’s Roofing World (NSW) and Advanced Fencing (SA)
2007150th anniversary
2008Acquired The Roofing Centre (Tas)
201190th anniversary of Lysaght manufacturing in Australia
2013BlueScope Lysaght rebranded as Lysaght