Which of the two ironmakers is the biggest in Australia?
The world’s largest ironmaker has officially joined a growing list of ironmakers in Australia, after a record-breaking year for its ironworks.
The ironmakers’ annual conference in Melbourne is due to open on Thursday, with Ironbridge, the biggest of the country’s two ironmaking regions, set to announce its new owners.
Ironbridge is the largest ironmaking region in the world, with around 1,000 employees.
Its ironworks employ over 8,000 people.
Ironbridge has also been named one of Australia’s top 10 best places to work by the Australian Institute of Technology.
Its ironworkers have been the focus of an investigation by ABC News, with a report claiming that the region was “losing out” on foreign workers and “slashing wages”.
Ironbridge was ranked among the top 10 most valuable workplaces in the country, by a survey of companies, which also found the area was ranked at number eight in the industry.
The area’s ironmakers have been in operation for nearly 250 years.
IronBridge is the world’s second-largest ironmaking area, with 1,700 employees.
It’s also the area with the highest proportion of women working in the region, with 42 per cent of its workers women.
It is also the second-most highly skilled region, according to the Australian Manufacturing Institute.
Iron Bridge has been the subject of several high-profile investigations by the ABC News programme Inside Job, which revealed workers were often treated poorly or abused.
The ABC contacted Ironbridge to find out why it had decided to buy the company.
A spokeswoman told Inside Job that it had made a “significant investment” in the past year, adding: “The investment we have made has resulted in a number of significant improvements to the environment and a better working environment for the people who work at Ironbridge.”
She said the company had made the announcement to “ensure that our workforce continues to thrive”.
Iron Bridge’s new owners have yet to be named.
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