• Matt Bohm

The history of steel over time

Bohm Industries manufactures steel stumps here locally and ships them all over Australia for use in restumping properties. It stands to reason then, that we are obviously very keen on our steel so we thought we’d share some interesting historical facts about the history of steel over time.

Let’s start at the beginning

The development of steel can be traced back 4000 years to the beginning of the Iron Age. Proving to be harder and stronger than bronze, which had previously been the most widely used metal, iron began to displace bronze in weaponry and tools. This then gave an advantage over those that weren’t using steel.

Many uses

From as early as 1504, steel was then used as a prosthetic when a knight would need to be made a new limb, often an arm. This prosthetic would be built to be capable of grasping a sword and even a feather!

Too costly

The first major demand for steel came from the railroads. The sudden growth of railroads during the 19th century in both Europe and America put enormous pressure on the iron industry. This early industry was still struggling with inefficient production processes that were slow and costly. At the time, steel was also still unproven as a structural metal.

The Revolution

The revolution in steel production, process and efficiency provided higher quality and cheaper material. Business at the time recognised this as an investment opportunity and subsequently, capitalists at the time invested in the industry, making millions in the process. This investment allowed for faster and further growth to the industry.


The majority of global steel production, about 66%, is now produced in basic oxygen facilities. The development of a method to separate oxygen from nitrogen on an industrial scale in the 1960s allowed for significant and major advances in the development of basic oxygen furnaces.

How it’s made

With developments and improvements over time, the amount of energy required to produce steel has been halved in the past 50 years. Basic oxygen furnaces blow oxygen into large quantities of molten iron and scrap steel and can complete a charge much more quickly than open-hearth methods, while large vessels holding up to 350 metric tons of iron can complete conversion to steel in less than one hour.

Fast forward to 2021, Bohm Industries uses Australian made steel to custom build structural foundations for houses on stumps and supplies them Australia wide. If you have a house that needs restumping and are unsure of the benefits of steel in restumping your property, head on over to to find out more.

If you are ready to bring in a restumping expert, contact Matt at Bohm Industries through or call today on 0438 866 627 to arrange an inspection and quote.

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