The use of high strength steels in Australia over the last 30 years or more has predominantly focused on the mechanical engineering space, with mining and resource booms providing ample scope for use in equipment such as dump truck bodies, storage bins, hoppers and chutes where lighter weight, wear resistance and impact resistance, combined with straightforward fabrication, has facilitated ready adoption.

These same benefits can extend to certain applications in the structural engineering space as well as other critical markets such as transportation, renewable energy and agriculture.

Today, modern steel manufacturing processes have advanced so considerably that we now have cleaner, leaner, stronger and more workable steels than ever before. While in the past ductility and weldability may have come at a cost to strength and toughness, quenched and tempered high strength steel now comes with enhanced fabrication qualities without the compromise on mechanical properties.