Achievements and Milestones
Launch of ASSDA’s Associate Membership Program, aimed at the specifying community to engage and collaborate on matters and projects relating to the design, specification, fabrication and use of stainless steel. Watch this space.
Launch of a new brand identity to reflect who we are today, better represent our industry and members, and to symbolise our dynamic future.
ASSDA’s Australian Industry Stainless Steel Supplier and Fabricator Awards is launched at PacRim Stainless 2017. The awards program promotes excellence in stainless steel supply and performance, and in Australian design and fabrication. Three prestigious awards are presented, including ASSDA Flat Product Supplier of the Year, ASSDA Long Product Supplier of the Year and ASSDA Fabricator Project of the Year. The Peter Matheson Industry Service Award was also introduced, recognising industry veterans for their commitment and service to the Australian stainless steel industry.
ASSDA hosts its first webinar on a topic focusing on stainless steel finishes, expanding its reach in its efforts to educate the wider industry on stainless steel. ASSDA has delivered 43 webinars as at June 2019.
Along with other industry groups, ASSDA joins the ‘Queensland Jobs from Queensland Resources’ alliance to campaign for reforms to deliver more skilled local work from Queensland’s major resources projects. ASSDA with its industry partners rallied on parliament house in Brisbane in a result that saw the State Government commit to policy reforms that would see local manufacture being integrated into the supply chain for future project approvals.
ASSDA secures an estimated $200 million trade within the Australian stainless steel industry, following the 2012 draft proposals to the National Construction Code (NCC) indicating barriers erected for surfaces over one-metre above the ground would have to be ‘non-climbable’. This would have effectively banned the use of horizontal balustrades, including stainless steel wire balustrades. In response, ASSDA actively lobbied against the proposed change and formed an industry group called the ‘Balustrades and Barriers Committee’ to address the lack of standard for horizontal wire barrier and balustrade structures including the restriction of children. The decision by the Australian Building Codes Board to not implement the proposed changes is a testament to the dedication, promotion and advocacy efforts by ASSDA and all stakeholders involved.
A report called Whole of Life Cost Comparison and Cost Benefit Analysis for Steel Structures Constructed in the Foreshore Zone is published by a Griffith University civil engineering student in conjunction with the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC). The study investigates multiple structural scenarios from the perspective of what would represent the most cost-effective solution: hot-dipped galvanised steel, paint systems, duplex systems using both HDG and paint, or stainless steel. The result was that stainless steel is the most viable option based on cost alone for structures with a design life greater than 19 years. This in turn saw the GCCC adopt stainless steel as the default materials specification for structures within the foreshore zone requiring a design life greater than 19 years.
Development of a Standard covering the grade and dimensions of stainless steel pipes and tubes suitable for water supply and drainage systems completed, and converted into the full Australian/New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS3500.
Australian Stainless Magazine Blog is launched on ASSDA’s website.
Completion and launch of ASSDA’s Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG) welding e-learning demonstration model.
The first edition of the ASSDA Food Code of Practice is published, a technical specification covering the requirements for the design, fabrication, inspection, transport and installation of stainless steel plant and equipment in the food and beverage industry.
An opportunity to see stainless steel used in plumbing was identified early in ASSDA ranks, but several attempts to establish the market failed until a Brisbane plumbing inspector recognised a problem in relation to the construction of the Aurora building, then underway. ASSDA took advantage of this problem, along with its Member Blucher Australia, tested stainless steel for the plumbing market and established risers in the Aurora building in stainless steel that were used for the dual purpose of fire service and potable water supply. This resulted in standards being written in the plumbing sector by ASSDA operatives and established the market for stainless steel plumbing across Australia in a range of designs and fitting technologies.
Launch of the ASSDA Accreditation Scheme, an industry-based program designed to establish a benchmark for stainless steel fabricators to become recognised providers (ASSDA Accredited Fabricators) of a standardised level of quality.
In conjunction with and through the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF), the online Stainless Steel Specialist Course is launched. The course is a breakthrough educational tool for the industry providing a standard level of knowledge and qualification and designed to improve knowledge of stainless steel, its properties, performance and uses. Today, it consists of 17 challenging and rewarding modules covering a wide range of topics from introductory to more complex material. Further work down the track saw the first five modules of the course made available in Chinese, Indian and Portuguese.
The rebar market in Australia was established through ASSDA in conjunction with Arminox Australia. It delivered information, education and rigorous technical advice on the durability of concrete structures and resulted in the development of the market for stainless rebar. Amongst the first applications was the floating walkway in Brisbane (now demolished courtesy of the 2011 floods), which saw a modest several hundred tonnes of stainless steel used in the pontoon structures with many more tonnes of stainless steel specified for the topside structure, and then on most other stainless steel items for handrails and barrier structures along the Brisbane river. A pioneer of this work was Rod McGee from the Tasmanian Main Roads Department. A bridge in his honour, with pile caps in stainless steel rebar, succeeds him in Tasmania.
Australian Standard AS1528 first issued and developed by an ASSDA group of stakeholders in the manufacture, supply, fabrication, and use of stainless steel tube and associated fittings in the food manufacturing industries. Its aim is to standardise hygienic tube for use in dairy, food and beverage manufacturing and has been successful in maintaining the required food standards in Australia and New Zealand. It is currently the only dimensionally integrated set of stainless steel tube and fitting standards in the world. The AS1528 suite of standards has recently been revised and will be republished this year.
The threat of standards restrictions on the release of particulate and gaseous matter in welding fume lead to a battle from ASSDA at Standards Australia and with WorkSafe Australia, the national regulator. The proposals would have essentially seen a ban on welding stainless steel. ASSDA rigorously fought the proposal, eventually winning the day and providing guidelines adequate for fabricators to meet regulation in a simple way. To do so, ASSDA partnered with the WTIA (now Weld Australia) and other industry organisations to create the guidance notes.
First 'tea staining' problems recognised and followed with two years of research. An education program focused on preventing coastal corrosion is initiated in 2001, and there is now a greater understanding of the topic and stronger relationships with asset owners and specifiers that are still delivering results for the industry today. Technical information, recommendations, and specifications have been published since this time and ASSDA's influence on this subject has stretched offshore.
First edition of the Australian Stainless Reference Manual is published, an industry guide and comprehensive technical resource to stainless steel. This year, ASSDA will publish the eighth edition.
First National Conference (PacRim Stainless) is held at the Novotel North Beach Hotel in Wollongong.
First Australian Stainless Magazine is published and today continues to be ASSDA's flagship publication promoting stainless steel and its applications.
ASSDA is inaugurated with 31 Members to address and harness stainless steel's growth trend in Australia.