voestalpine Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd

Competence Center for hot forming and assemblies

The location Schwäbisch Gmünd is the headquarters of voestalpine Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd GmbH & Co. KG, a subsidiary owned 100% by the Metal Forming Division. The company is the competence center for hot forming in the Group and specializes in the development, production and marketing of pressed parts for the automotive industry. About 650 employees manufacture body parts, prototypes and tools.

phs production lines are now in operation worldwide in order to secure availability of light-weight technologies for car manufacturers on a local basis in their own countries.

Benno Rammelmüller, Chairman of the Management Board, Technical Management
Responsible for Development, Innovation, Serial production, Prototypes, Tool and die Shop, Engineering, Quality, Safety, Environment, Personnel and Communications
T. +49/7171/972-201

Alexander Pfaff, Commercial Management
Responsible for Sales, Purchasing, IT
T. +49/7171/972-442

Design and development

  • voestalpine Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd support customer with high-quality solutions at competitive costs in compliance with very tight define schedules.
  • Our technical services include the improvement of current production lines by developing of new tools and methods for press shop and assembly.
  • We make tool changes and integrations of modified tools in our production processes.
  • We have the highest levels of simulation and engineering expertise
  • We are also in a position to change existing assembly lines to include new designs, programming or robot cells.

phs production lines

The phs-center in Schwäbisch Gmünd standsfor the highest quality demands and provides complex solutions for indirect or partially indirect press hardening. We have currently four press-hardening lines at our site and offer our customers 3.5 million strokes each year. Capacity was expanded by one phs-directform line in April 2016.

  • Full-service provider of directly hot-formed hot-dip galvanized steel strip
  • phs-ultraform® - The original for galvanized, indirectly hot-formed press-hardened components
  • phs-directform® - The pioneer in galvanized, directly hot-formed press-hardened components


  • Two press lines (16,000–28,000 kN)
  • Table size up to 5,000 x 2,500 mm
  • Fully automatic, hydraulic
  • Class-A body panels and structural parts made of steel and aluminum
  • Manufacturing capacity per line: 1.5 million strokes per year

Tool and die Shop

voestalpine Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd manufactures the press tools themselves and coordinates the manufacturing of tools for pressed steel and aluminum parts at one of our tool suppliers. We have implemented simulation software to manufacture our own press tools. We have the capacity for toolmaking and several machines for the production of tools and milling machines. voestalpine Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd also operates several try-out presses for toolmaking.

  • Deep-drawing and cutting tools for exposed panels and structural components made of steel and aluminum.
  • Development and manufacturing of cooled tools
  • Tools up to 60 tons and dimensions of 5,000 x 2,500 mm

Prototype manufacturing and pilot series

Giving our customers the best service is our highest priority. As a partner of many years to the automotive industry, we have the expertise, decades of experience and the most modern technologies in the specialized areas of car design, qualification, innovative power and the flexibility of our entire team.

Our competencies are focused on tools, prototypes, design, small series and body part production. Our machinery and the expertise of our employees make it possible for us to fill orders from the methode to individual parts up to complete assemblies. We also guarantee innovative measurement techniques for the dimensional accuracy of our projects.


The assembly of pressed parts into complete assemblies is one of the professional skills of Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd. In the assembly department, we assemble interior, exterior and structural components into complete doors, engine hoods, hatch doors, etc., for a wide variety of car manufacturers.
The following production processes and techniques are among those that we use in order to provide our customers with the highest-quality products:

  • Crimping
  • Sealing
  • Welding
  • Laser cutting
  • Laser welding
  • Flexible body cells

Our goal is always to be one step ahead at all times. We think and work internationally. We are looking for and go bold and passionate new ways of innovation. Our vision is "More than steel." Our aim is to be the European technology and quality leader in the manufacturing and processing of steel as well as steel in combination with other materials.

Take the next step with us.

Your contact for questions regarding personnel:

Sebastian Ullersperger
Personnel management
T. +49/7171/972-0

Your contact partner

Heike Rimpler

Company Communication

T: +49.7171.972.539

E: heike.rimpler@voestalpine.com

voestalpine Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd GmbH & Co. KG

voestalpine Straße 1
D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd
T. +49/7171 972-0
F. +49/7171 972-321


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