The LD process was one of the century’s most significant industrial inventions that instantaneously revolutionized the global steelmaking industry. It established the voestalpine Group as a leading metallurgical company and formed the basis for the Group’s consistent technological and qualitative developments as a global player. The voestalpine Stahlwelt in Linz is currently hosting a special exhibition on 60 years of the LD process and showing how this innovation has changed the world. The exhibition runs until the end of the year. Entrance is free of charge.
Steel is the world’s most commonly used construction material and is found almost everywhere. It has played a key role in creating the preconditions for modern mobility, efficient energy production and contemporary urban development. The invention of the LD process in Linz and Donawitz was certainly one of the ground-breaking discoveries that changed the entire steel industry 60 years ago and helped make this development possible. The breakthrough enabled significantly more steel of a better quality to be produced in a shorter time and much more economically. It also opened up a host of opportunities for two young companies, Vereinigte Österreichische Eisen- und Stahlwerke Aktiengesellschaft in Linz and the Oesterreichisch-Alpine Montangesellschaft in Donawitz. Almost no other invention has had such an impact on global economic growth. The willingness to accept the large risk involved in making these decisions is worthy of our greatest respect, but above all it was the courage and spirit of innovation represented by this new process, rather than reliance on tried and tested methods, which is so impressive.