voestalpine, which is headquartered in Linz, Austria, comprises 500 Group companies and sites in more than 50 countries on all five continents. The Group has four divisions.
As the division of the voestalpine Group that generates the highest revenue, the Steel Division is the quality leader in highest quality strip steel and a global market leader in both heavy plate for the most sophisticated applications and complex casings for large turbines.
The division produces highest quality hot and cold-rolled steel as well as electrogalvanized, hot-dip galvanized, and organically coated steel strip. This is augmented by electrical steel strip, heavy plate, and foundry activities as well as the independent downstream entities, Steel & Service Center and Logistics Services. The Steel Division operates the world’s most advanced direct reduction plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, which produces highest quality pre-materials (HBI) for steel production by both voestalpine and external customers. voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz is the division’s main company and its largest operating entity.
The Steel Division is the first point of contact for major automotive manufacturers and suppliers regarding strategic product development and supports its customers globally. Moreover, it is a key partner of the European white goods and mechanical engineering industries. For the energy sector, the division produces heavy plate that is used by the oil & natural gas industries as well as the renewable energy industry for applications under extreme conditions, for example, in deep-sea pipelines or permafrost regions.
High Performance Metals Division
The High Performance Metals Division resulted from the acquisition of Böhler-Uddeholm AG. This group of companies is specialized in the production and processing of technologically most sophisticated high-performance materials and in customer-specific services such as heat treatment, state-of-the-art surface treatments, and additive manufacturing processes. The division’s production companies are located in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, and the USA. Through its global network of sales and service centers, the High Performance Metals Division offers its customers local material availability and processing as well as local contacts.
It is the global market leader for tool steel and a leading provider of high-speed steel, valve steel, and other products made from special steel, metal powders, nickel-based alloys, and titanium.
The toolmaking industry which, in turn, works primarily for the automotive and consumer goods industries, is the division’s most important customer group. The High Performance Metals Division’s second production pillar comprises components for the most demanding applications in the oil and natural gas industry as well as in aerospace, for which it is the leading global supplier. The division’s companies supply materials and components for jet engines and aircraft engine mounts as well as for fuselages, wings, and tail units; components for landing gear, doors, and hatches as well as forgings. Not only steel-based materials are used for these items, but also nickel-based alloys and, increasingly, titanium.
The marketing and services network of the Value Added Services business segment at approximately 160 sites worldwide allows the High Performance Metals Division to maintain proximity to the customer. Because inventories are stored locally, this represents true added value, reducing the time required for deliveries, preprocessing, heat treatment, coating, application consulting, and other services. The division’s customers thus benefit from the comprehensive value chain of a one-stop shop that offers production, marketing, and services.
Metal Engineering Division
The Metal Engineering Division of the voestalpine Group is the global market leader in railway infrastructure systems and the associated signaling technology (Railway Systems business unit). Through its Industrial Systems business unit, the division also is the European market leader in high-quality wire, a leading provider of seamless tubes, and a provider of complete welding solutions. It draws its customers from the railway systems industry, the oil and natural gas industry as well as the engineering, automotive, and construction industries.
The division produces the world’s broadest range of premium rails and turnout products; high-quality wire rod and drawn wire; prefinished seamless tubes; medium and highalloyed welding consumables as well as semifinished steel products. In addition, the Metal Engineering Division offers a comprehensive range of logistics and services for the rail and turnout technology product segments, including planning, shipping, logistics, installation, and recycling. It also owns steelmaking facilities.
Metal Forming Division
The Metal Forming Division is the voestalpine Group’s center of competence for highly refined sections, tubes, and precision strip steel products as well as for ready-to-install system components made of pressed, stamped, and roll-formed parts. Its ability to combine materials expertise and processing competence in ways unparalleled throughout the industry along with its global presence make the division the preferred partner to customers looking for innovation and quality.
The Metal Forming Division is a global manufacturer of tubes and sections made to customers’ specifications as well as of highest quality precision steel tubes. It also supplies cutting-edge automotive body parts for lightweight construction solutions to the automotive industry and well-known automotive suppliers. Cold-rolled special strip steel for the most advanced applications is another specialty. Finally, the Metal Forming Division is known as a provider of intelligent rack system solutions for complex logistics challenges.
The division’s flexible, mid-sized units offer its customers rapid problem-solving expertise at all stages of the development and production process. Its customers include practically all leading manufacturers in the automotive and automotive supplier industries, with a focus on the premium segment, as well as numerous companies in the commercial vehicle, construction, storage, energy, and (agricultural) machinery industries. Just as the voestalpine Group on the whole, the Metal Forming Division also maintains long-term customer relationships with most of its key customers and wins the day through both a global network and its unique combination of materials and processing expertise.