of Steel Manufacturers of Australia has a long-standing history
representing steel makers and steel foundries since its inception in
1923. It was founded as a forum for Australian steel makers -
initially BHP and the major Australian foundries, and other steel makers as
they emerged - to discuss industry issues, dialogue with Government, and
for representation on Australian Standards committees.
CEO’s Essington Lewis and Ian McLennan both served as Chairman in the early
years, underlining the seriousness with which BHP treated its relationships
with Standards and Government. BOSMA also has always been an active
Council Member of Standards Australia, a position it still holds today.
more recent years, Warren Hoskins, the BHP Foundry Manager at Port Kembla
served as Chairman of BOSMA from 1992 to 2000 when the foundry
closed. Neville Power of Smorgon Steel followed him as Chairman until
2007, and then Bernie Landy of BlueScope Steel took the Chair until 2011
when Andrew Roberts of OneSteel/Arrium succeeded him. David Jenkins
of BlueScope Steel became Chairman in 2013. David Armston has been
Executive Director and Secretary since 1998.
principal activities continue as representation on Australian Standards and
other committees and organisations, and representing the interests of its
members to Government and other relevant bodies. BOSMA has
various Board committees. The BOSMA Climate Change committee under the
Chairmanship of David Jenkins, and the BOSMA Standards and Compliance committee
under the Chairmanship of Rob Johnson have been particularly active in
recent times. In addition David Armston continues to serve on the Standards
the various changes over the years in the Australian steel making and foundry
industries, the current membership comprises BlueScope Steel making steel
in Port Kembla, Moly-Cop making steel in Waratah Newcastle, and the
Arrium/OneSteel Group making steel in Whyalla, Sydney and Melbourne.