Arrium

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Arrium Limited
Public company
Traded as ASXARI
Industry Mining, Mining Consumables, Manufacturing, Recycling, and Distribution
Founded Spun off on 23 October 2000 as OneSteel Ltd from BHP Billiton. The company then changed its name on 2 July 2012 to Arrium Limited.
Headquarters Suncorp Place, Sydney, Australia
Number of locations
New Zealand, Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, USA, Canada, Peru
Key people
Jerry Maycock (Chairman, Non Exec. Director)
Products iron ore, steel products
Revenue DecreaseA$6.085 billion (2015)[1]
Decrease (A$-1.9 billion) (2015)
Number of employees
~10,000[2]
Website www.arrium.com

Arrium is an ASX listed international mining and materials company. The company employs nearly 10,000 workers.[3] In April 2016 the company collapsed into voluntary administration with debts of more than $2 billion.

History[edit]

The company was spun out from BHP Billiton in 2000 as OneSteel[4] when it was almost entirely a domestically focused steel manufacturer and distributor. The Whyalla steelworks, harbour and associated iron ore mining operations along the Middleback Range in South Australia were among its principal assets. The company subsequently focused on growing its resource based businesses and now has significant mining and mining consumables businesses, as well as its steel and recycling business.

In June 2006, an agreement was announced under which OneSteel would buy out scrap metal company Smorgon Steel for $USD 1.2 billion.[5] However, concerns by the Australian competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) resulted in significant delays in this process, as did concerns from Australian construction industry trade unions regarding possible job losses from the merger of the two operations.[6] The merger was completed in August 2007.[7]

Arrium & Onesteel Iron ore exports from Whyalla (2007-2014)
Arrium & Onesteel iron ore exports from Whyalla (2007-2014)

On 15 February 2008 it was announced that one of the bar mills in the Hunter Valley, and the mill in Melbourne, would be closed.[7]

On 15 November 2010 OneSteel agreed to acquire two companies, Chile-based forged steel grinding balls producer Moly-Cop, and Canada-based AltaSteel, a producer of ball stock for forged grinding balls, for a total of $932 million.[8]

On 22 December 2011 OneSteel sold its Piping Systems business, and associated property investments, to U.S.-based McJunkin Red Man Holding for a total of $100m.[9]

On 6 October 2011 OneSteel completed the acquisition of WPG Resources' iron ore assets for an estimated A$320 million.[10]

On 2 July 2012 OneSteel officially became Arrium Limited.[11]

Whyalla iron ore export[edit]

In 2007, OneSteel commenced iron ore export from the port of Whyalla via transshipment. In October 2012, a new dual gauge railway balloon loop was commissioned at Whyalla with the purpose of increasing Arrium's iron ore export capacity to 12 million tonnes per annum.[12] Arrium's iron ore export volumes from Whyalla peaked at 12.5 million tonnes per annum in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In March 2015, Arrium's Southern Iron project, which includes the Peculiar Knob mine, was "mothballed". Export volumes are expected to drop to between 9 and 10 million tonnes in 2015-16 and again to between 6 and 8 million tonnes from 2017.[13] In October 2015, the company announced that it was working with the South Australian government to facilitate third party use of the Whyalla harbour to make use of its excess capacity.[14]

Incidents[edit]

In 2012, a 37-year-old Whyalla man was killed while working on a barge during iron ore transshipment activities. The incident was investigated by Safework SA.[15]

Financial difficulties and collapse[edit]

In 2015, the company announced a full-year loss of $1.9 billion[16]

On 7 April 2016, Arrium's directors placed the company into voluntary administration by Grant Thornton International.[17]

Divisions[edit]

The company has three primary reporting segments:

  • Arrium Mining,[18] which currently exports approximately six million tonnes of hematite ore to China per annum from its Middleback Ranges mining operation in South Australia. The business expects to increase its export sales to a rate of approximately 11 million tonnes per annum by mid-2013 through bringing on-line additional sales from its Southern Iron operations in South Australia and the doubling of its port capacity at Whyalla, South Australia to approximately 12 million tonnes per annum. The Southern Iron operations were mothballed in 2015 due to low iron ore prices, along with part of the increased port capacity at Whyalla.[19]
  • Arrium Mining Consumables,[20] which includes Moly-Cop grinding media, the largest supplier of grinding media (grinding balls and grinding rods) in the world, servicing the global mining industry, particularly the copper, gold and iron ore sectors. The business sells grinding media in South America, North America and Australasia supplying around 950 thousand tonnes of product per annum.
  • OneSteel Steel & Recycling,[21] a manufacturing, distribution and recycling businesses. The division manufactures long steel products, structural pipe and tube, and wire products in Australia; it distributes structural steel and reinforcing products in Australia with around 200 sites across the country, and supplies scrap metal to foundries, smelters and steel mills in Australia and internationally.

Political lobbying[edit]

Arrium is represented by registered political lobbyists in South Australia and at a federal level. As of April 2015, the company is represented at a Federal level by Michael Johnson Associates Pty Ltd, John O'Connor and Associates Pty Ltd, GRACosway Pty Ltd and Kreab Gavin Anderson (Australia) Ltd.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.arrium.com/~/media/Arrium%20Mining%20and%20Materials/Files/ASX%20Announcements/FY2015/Arrium%20Limited%20Full%20Year%20Results%202015.pdf
  2. ^ Building a Strong Future, Together
  3. ^ Medhora, Shalailah (8 April 2016). "Arrium and the future of the Australian steel industry – four key questions" – via The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "ONESTEEL LIMITED OST - Profile and Status at InvestoGain". investogain.com.au. 
  5. ^ "OneSteel buys Smorgon Steel for A$1.6bn". ft.com. 
  6. ^ Union concerned over OneSteel, Smorgon merger. 23 August 2006. ABC News Online
  7. ^ a b "OneSteel lays of 270 workers, unions howl. 15 February 2008. LiveNews.com.au". livenews.com.au. Archived from the original on 24 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Australian OneSteel acquires Chile, Canada producers for $932 mil". added acquisition. Platts. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "OneSteel shares jump on sale of Piping Systems". The Australian. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "OneSteel Limited Completes Acquisition Of WPG Resources Limited's Subsidiary Companies". Reuters. 
  11. ^ "OneSteel officially becomes Arrium Ltd". 
  12. ^ Railexpress.com.au "Arrium calls for interstate track upgrade" (2012-11-07) Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  13. ^ Arrium Limited Annual Report 2015 (PDF). Arrium Ltd. 2015. p. 15. 
  14. ^ "SA government to work with Arrium to turn Whyalla into a multi-user export port | www.engineersaustralia.org.au". www.engineersaustralia.org.au. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  15. ^ "Worker dies on barge at Whyalla". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  16. ^ "Arrium crashes to $1.9b loss on iron ore collapse". abc.net.au. 19 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Arrium enters voluntary administration, Grant Thornton appointed". ABC News. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Arrium Mining - Arrium". arrium.com. 
  19. ^ Valerina Changarathil (23 January 2015). "Arrium to mothball Southern Iron operations that include Peculiar Knob mine in SA, flags $1.3bn writedown due to iron ore prices". The Advertiser. News Corp. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Arrium Mining Consumables - Arrium". arrium.com. 
  21. ^ "Welcome". onesteel.com. 
  22. ^ "Who is on the register?". Australian Government Register of Lobbyists. Australian Government - Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 

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