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Innovations for Sustainable Production Processes

The production of steel will remain an energy-intensive process even in the future. voestalpine works continuously to find new solutions for decarbonizing steel production. The company is endeavoring to replace coal with alternative sources of energy through bridging technologies—particularly based on natural gas, as in its new direct reduction plant in Texas. The next step is to develop the direct reduction process using hydrogen instead of natural gas.

A hydrogen electrolyzer plant is currently being built at the company’s site in Linz in order to research the technology and its potential for steel production. The groundbreaking, so-called “SuSteel” project serves to conduct research on the direct production of steel using hydrogen plasma. A pilot plant is being built to this end at voestalpine’s site in Donawitz.

As far as the goal to lower the use of both resources and energy is concerned, digitalization contributes significantly to the continued refining and optimizing of existent production processes. Mechatronics, model-based controls, and artificial intelligence all contribute to sharp increases in process efficiency.

About voestalpine

In its business segments, voestalpine is a globally leading technology group with a unique combination of materials and processing expertise. With its top-quality products and system solutions using steel and other metals, it is a leading partner of the automotive and consumer goods industries as well as of the aerospace and oil & gas industries. voestalpine is also the world market leader in complete railway systems as well as in tool steel and special sections.


50 Countries on all 5 continents
500 Group companies and locations
52,000 Employees worldwide

Earnings FY 2018/19

€ 13.6 Billion


€ 1.6 Billion


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