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This update communicates some important changes to several AS/NZS Structural Steel standards.

Revisions to the following standards were published in April 2016.

  •     AS/NZS 3678 'Structural steel – Hot-rolled plates, floorplates and slabs'
  •     AS/NZS 3679.1 'Structural steel Part 1: Hot-rolled bars and sections'
  •     AS/NZS 3679.2 'Structural steel Part 2: Welded I sections'
The standards are aligned with AS/NZS 1163 wherever practicable in terms of definitions and layout and revisions include major changes to test requirements, test certificates, and labelling to better support product conformity. A new mandatory requirement for Factory Production Control (FPC) was introduced as well.

Key changes specific to AS/NZS 3678 include:
  •     Extending WR350 grade availability from 20mm to 80mm;
  •     Lower sulphur limits for Z25 and Z35 grades; and
  •     A requirement to not intentionally add boron and to report boron levels.

For a summary of what has changed and why Click here to download the Technical Summary PDF.

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Note: This update intends to advise customers of the existence of revisions to various AS/NZS standards. It does not intend to provide detailed information regarding the revisions. Customers should access the actual standards at to determine relevance to their particular business and products.