An Australian metal bending technology will be applied for the first time in a commercial property, with FormFlow and Bluescope’s Lysaght division partnering with BizRebuild to deliver a new business and community hub in bushfire-affected Cobargo.
BizRebuild is a Business Council of Australia initiative, funded by a charitable trust and running for a planned five years.
“Supporting affected communities such as Cobargo and working with BizRebuild and BlueScope is a privilege,” said Bernard Brussow, the chief operations officer at FormFlow.
FormFlow is a Geelong business that is commercialising a “world first, patented technology and process” that can bend corrugated steel profiles at sharp angles without damaging their structure or coating.
In July it announced that Lysaght would apply FormFlow’s bending technology to the Custom Orb corrugated profile. The company says this provides advantages in insulation, and the “corrugated corner means a more resilient and fire-resistant building.”
“The Cobargo hub will be an opportunity for Cobargo to attract new businesses to their doors, let customers in and start getting people back into jobs again,” said Sir Peter Cosgrove, who chairs BizRebuild, in a statement.
“Whether it’s bushfires or a global pandemic for communities to thrive they need strong and successful businesses creating jobs – the more, the better.”
Shona Taranto, owner of local business The Dispensary — which was lost in last summer’s fires — and chair of the Cobargo-Quaama Business Recovery Group, said that “With a little hard work, collaboration and good will we are creating new possibilities and opportunities with tailored initiatives that provide immediate relief and lasting benefits for the community.”
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