A Long time before COLORBOND® steel there was corrugated iron. Back in 1843 in England, it was discovered how corrugating a thin sheet of iron could produce a very strong, lightweight building material.

Shortly after John Lysaght brought corrugated iron to Australia, where it was quickly adopted by the early settlers as shelter from the harsh conditions of their new environment. Lightweight and stackable, it was easily transported across great distances, even on camel back. In some cases, complete prefabricated buildings were assembled from numbered sheets of corrugated iron.(early shed kits perhaps?)

In the 1950s the Chicago based Lithostrip Corporation and Pre Finish Metals discovered a way to successfully bond paint to a galvanized base, Lysaght brought the new technology to Australia.

Much time and effort was invested in getting the process and the resulting product exactly right and in 1966 the first coil of COLORBOND® steel rolled off the Number 1 coil painting line at Port Kembla, Wollongong. The new line was the talk of the steel industry, and its new product soon became a firm favourite with the building industry.

You will likely find COLORBOND® steel in one shape or another on 9 out of 10 new Australian homes today, maybe  in the form of roofing, gutters, barges, fencing, fascia’s, water tanks, sheds and carports, even cubby houses.

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