In 1962, Atlas established its own distribution warehouse and a wire drawing mill at Altona North, Melbourne. From this beginning the company has grown to 15 sites across Australia and New Zealand. The mill continues today as the only commercial manufacturer of high-speed steel wire, stainless steel wire and specialised bar in the region.
In 1987, Atlas Steels Limited was publicly listed on the Stock Exchange of Melbourne. At this time the steel manufacturing and distribution operations of Atlas Steels (Australia) Pty Limited and the Martin Bright Steels Group were brought together. This merged entity created the largest stainless and specialty steels company in Australia and New Zealand. It stocked and processed all forms of flat, section, and tubular product.
Atlas Steels Limited was acquired by Email Limited in 1995 and the distribution and manufacturing operations became a part of the Email Metals Group.
Following the closure of the BHP cold rolled, stainless steel, flat products mill in Australia in 1997, a Joint Venture was formed with Ugine, France. This enterprise sought to build and operate a flat products processing service centre in Australia. The successful result was Pacific Stainless Processors (PSP) which was established in New South Wales.
In 2001 a consortium of Smorgon-OneSteel, acquired Email.
Since its inception in Australia over 60 years ago, Atlas Steels has grown with the stainless and specialty steels industry in Australia. It is now the largest stainless and specialty steels distribution company in Australia. As such it services a large and diverse customer base through its network of service centres and semi finished product manufacturing operations.
Doing Business with Atlas
Atlas, over many years of participation in the specialty steels industry, has built a level of knowledge and expertise that has not only helped to build the company to be the largest in its market but also provides the edge which enables us to offer superior customer service. We do this by providing:
- A comprehensive range of specialty steel products
- Locations in all states of Australia and New Zealand
- Personnel who can readily understand the specific needs of the industry
- Nationally integrated, computer-based stocking and inventory control systems
- Extensive global product sourcing network from reputable steel mills
- Warehouse personnel, systems and procedures to cater to the needs of processing and handling specialty steels
- A national quality system accredited to ISO9002
Trained technical support personnel and NATA-accredited laboratory; and dedicated specialty steels processing facilities.
There is limited production of specialty steels in Australia and New Zealand, with the majority being imported from overseas mills. Because of this we believe it is most important that users have a high level of confidence in the product and services supplied by specialty steels stockists/distributors.
Atlas has, through years of participation in the industry, established a network of reputable mill suppliers to service its customers. These mills have been chosen after a rigorous selection process based on Atlas criteria of mill adherence to strict product quality standards, history of reliable supply and support for product in the field.
We at Atlas support our customers and represent our suppliers with high calibre technical personnel and laboratory facilities. Furthermore, our sales personnel are trained extensively to understand the product qualities and applications associated with specialty steels and this knowledge is used to service the requirements of our customers.
Atlas Distribution will be:
"The Best Distributor of stainless steel and selected specialty metals."
Being the best is determined by Atlas achieving:
- No 1 market share position in our core product groups
- First and preferred choice for our customers
- Supply alliances with the best specialty metals mills in the world
- A safe, stimulating and rewarding work environment for our people
- Top quartile returns for our owners