History

Know-how for more than 160 years

In 1851 Count Hugo Henckel von Donnersmarck founded the so-called “Hugo-Hütte”, which – in the course of the years – developed into the most important company in the field of turnout systems through consistently innovative research - voestalpine VAE.

All over the world, customers have confidence in this well-founded know-how when they require turnouts systems for highest speeds, highest axle loads or shortest train intervals and complex requirements for individual solutions.

1851: foundation of the company
1866: start of industrial turnout production
1953: start of export activities
1980: patent on AMS welding
1988: market introduction of movable crossings (MPF)
1990: start of internationalization
1992-1992: privatization of VAE
1998: successful defense against hostile take-over
2000: plug and play turnout
2002: start of industrial HYTRONICS production
2003: new owner; 100% voestalpine
2011: splitting of the Austrian subsidiary, VAE Eisenbahnsysteme GmbH, in the newly founded voestalpine Weichensysteme GmbH and voestalpine HYTRONICS GmbH
2014: Rebranding/renaming of voestalpine HYTRONICS Group in voestalpine SIGNALING

Turnout assembly plant 1926
Scissors crossover with double slip
Mining turnout
Turnout assembly hall 1929 - 1941
Planning machine for switch blades 1941
Flash butt welding machine