An Australian Icon
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.
|1857||John Lysaght is given a small galvanising works in Bristol, England and selected Orb as the brand his product would carry|
|Early years||John Lysaght exported galvanised corrugated iron (Orb brand) to Australia|
|1880||John Lysaght established a Central Selling Agency in Melbourne, Australia through which all Australian sales were made. Other branches followed in other Australian States|
|1897||The first Lysaght Referee published – published as ‘The Metal Trades’ Referee and Storekeeeper’s Guide’|
|1918||John Lysaght (Australia) Pty Ltd (commonly referred to as Lysaght’s) founded The head office was transferred from Melbourne to Sydney|
|1921||First Australian Lysaght manufacturing plant opened in Newcastle, NSW The first Australian sheet was rolled and galvanised|
|1936||Lysaght purchased The Australian Iron & Steel (AIS) plant at Port Kembla. John Lysaght Australia technical department opened in Newcastle|
|1939||Lysaght 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|
|1947||Lysaght purchased American Rolling Mills share of CRM|
|1961||Lysaght became a public company by issuing 3 million shares (20%) to the Australian public|
|1969||BHP obtained a 24% share in John Lysaght Australia|
|1970||BHP-GKN Holdings Ltd established to hold 50/50 ownership of Lysaght.|
|1971||Lysaght acquired the steel building products division of Brownbuilt and renamed as Lysaght Brownbuilt Industries|
|1979||Lysaght became a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP|
|1987-1999||Lysaght renamed Lysaght Building Industries, then Lysaght Building Products, then BHP Building Products, then BHP Steel Lysaght|
|2002||BHP steel listed on the ASX (BHP spun off its steel operation)|
|2003||Name changed to BlueScope Lysaght|
|2004||Acquired Metalform (Vic)|
|2006||Acquired Kiteley’s Roofing World (NSW) and Advanced Fencing (SA)|
|2008||Acquired The Roofing Centre (Tas)|
|2011||90th anniversary of Lysaght manufacturing in Australia|
|2013||BlueScope Lysaght rebranded as Lysaght|