April 12, 2024

Industry News

Bisalloy Steels Joins US Nuclear-Powered Submarine Supply Chain

Australian steel manufacturer, Bisalloy Steels, will process steel at its Port Kembla facility for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of HII, the largest military shipbuilder in the United States and one of two US companies which designs and builds US nuclear-powered submarines. The Albanese Government has welcomed the initial purchase order of processed Australian steel, marking another important milestone in the AUKUS partnership and providing a significant boost for the defence industry and local jobs.

The Federal Minister for Defence Industry, Pat Conroy, said: “This order of Aussie steel from a global leader in shipbuilding is not only testament to the efforts of the hard-working women and men at Bisalloy but also underscores the Albanese Government’s commitment to supporting local industry.

“This is a wonderful early example of opportunities for Australian companies to be part of the supply chains for the much larger submarine programs of our AUKUS partners,” Mr Conroy added.

Importantly, the integration of Australian steel into the Newport News Shipbuilding supply chain paves the way for further opportunities for local suppliers and has the potential to create more skilled jobs in Australia. This follows the announcement in December 2023 of the Australian Submarine Agency (ASA) entering into a contract with Bisalloy Steels for the qualification of Australian steel for the use on Australia’s SSN-AUKUS submarines, and to increase the resilience of the trilateral supply chains. 

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) will use the steel for training and testing. This initial order represents a critical step in strengthening the industrial supply base for the AUKUS program. The Government is continuing collaboration with AUKUS partners and industry to develop the Australian supply chains and facilitate industry participation in the supply chains of the United Kingdom and United States. A key initiative to support this objective is the Defence Industry Vendor Qualification (DIVQ) Program which was launched in January 2024. DIVQ will help to accelerate the qualification of Australia products for entry into supply chains of our AUKUS partners.

For further information, visit the Rio Tinto website: www.bisalloy.com.au