Bureau 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
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.
In 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.
BOSMA’s 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 Australia Council.
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, and
the Arrium/OneSteel Group making steel in Whyalla, Sydney, Melbourne and