Australian Steel Association Charter
The Australian Steel Association Inc (ASA) is an incorporated non profit organisation formed in 1978 with the intent of:
- Maintaining fair and open market principles that foster competition & choice for all steel users and thus sustain an efficient, competitive domestic steel industry.
- Developing the market for steel products requiring domestic value adding.
- Maintaining a customer responsive, efficient domestic steel industry.
- Providing a voice for intermediate and downstream steel users.
ASA members are directly involved with all sectors of the steel industry whether they be domestic or international suppliers, traders, stockists, manufacturing end users or service providers in the supply chain.
The ASA supports the need for a viable, efficient Australian steel industry that is responsive to international market factors. A world’s best practice, competitive steel industry is driven by open markets including access by the Australian manufacturing sector to fairly traded, imported steels that require value adding domestically. To date, imported steel requiring local value adding has generally resulted in the domestic suppliers becoming more cost efficient producers of steel specialising in those products they can produce at world competitive prices.
The Association’s view is that by promoting fair trade, competition and choice, a more efficient and market responsive industry results. In this environment the Australian steel industry as a whole, rather than any particular industry group within, benefits.
A competitive, efficient domestic steel industry will ensure sustainable long term employment of people in Australia and New Zealand, especially in the value adding downstream manufacturing sectors, as without a viable domestic customer base, there is no need for local steel production.