Established in Newcastle in 1923, the Australian Wire Rope Works survived the Depression and became a major supplier of wire ropes for Australia’s defence in World War II.
This included steel wire for submarine nets and harbour booms to defend Sydney Harbour. The company’s products were also used for kites to protect ships from dive bombers and cables for underwater mines.
Like so many other industries, women became a crucial part of the workforce following the Great Depression and during WWII.
In the post-war boom, the products were used for the Snowy Mountains Scheme and Katoomba Scenic Skyrail, along with mining and construction.
Nowadays, Bekaert Australia provides steel wire ropes for onshore and offshore oil and gas projects, mining and cranes.