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A Short History of Australia’s Steel Industry - Infographic


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These days, Australia’s steel industry is more illustrious than ever, with companies like ours benefiting from the discovery of rich natural resources, both in this country and abroad. This isn’t a success that happened overnight, though. Join us as we take a brief trip through time to look at how steel manufacturing became the prosperous industry it is today.

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A Short History of Australia’s Steel Industry - Infographic

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