Man Monthly reported that Australian steel sub-contractor Watkins Steel has celebrated its latest factory opening and further expansion in Banyo in Queensland in Australia. This newest edition and latest footprint at Raubers Rd has taken the company from approximately 4000 square metres to 7500 square meters. The extra room will accommodate at least another two lines of robotics. Watkins Steel Managing Director Mr Des Watkins said "By increasing the space and embracing more automation, we can fabricate steel more efficiently and increase our capability. A larger footprint allows for more automation, replacing the more manual, repetitive and dangerous tasks to make it a safer and more efficient working environment.”The Australian market currently imports over 600,000 tonnes of fabricated steel products every year from China alone. By Watkins increasing their capacity, efficiency and capabilities, the company is looking to compete with overseas products, bringing projects back onshore.This expansion plan coincides with the ongoing growth experienced in South East Queensland and the increased demand experienced by the energy and resource sector through the infrastructure required and planned for the Olympic Games in 2032.Brisbane based steel sub contractor Watkins Steel specializes in structural steel and metalwork fabrication. Operating since 1968, it service clients in the building, mining, and construction industries throughout Brisbane and South East Queensland. It has the skills and capabilities to complete a wide variety of projects across multiple industry sectors. Watkins Steel combines the latest 3D technology with advanced robotics to produce a variety of steel structures with unparalleled accuracy. Specializing in small structural steel, metalwork, urban arts capes, architectural structures, and refurbishment jobs, it has the experience and technological capabilities to provide first class steel products and services in a timely manner. Watkins Steel’s range of services also includes steel detailing and 3D laser scanning.