The world’s most advanced special steel plant is currently being constructed at the voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl site in Kapfenberg, Austria. Since the groundbreaking ceremony in April 2018, work has progressed rapidly on the new high-tech plant which, after a 3-year construction phase, is scheduled to commence operations in 2021.
Currently, over 300 people from around 15 external specialist companies are working under the guidance of the project team to erect the steel structures for the halls, and install the power pipelines, piping system, and much more.
The bays of the new special steel plant are now clearly visible on the site which corresponds to the size of six football pitches (around 50,000 m²). The professionals work at a height of over 45 meters, assembling the steel girders, piece by piece. The hall construction is due for completion during the first quarter of 2020.
Consequently, construction work is on schedule for this major project which represents an investment volume of up to EUR 350 million. The three-year construction phase will itself create up to 1,000 temporary jobs at the site.
Investment in the future
The new high-tech special steel plant which, once operative, is intended to replace the existing plant at the site, will supply premium quality pre-materials for
- aircraft components,
- tools for the automotive and consumer goods industry,
- equipment for oil & gas extraction, and for the
- 3D printing of highly complex metal parts.
This investment provides voestalpine with a global technological lead and cost advantage in manufacturing high-performance steels, and will also allow the Group to remain globally competitive over the long term using this form of production.
From 2021 onwards, the fully-digitalized plant will produce around 205,000 tons of sophisticated high-performance steels annually, primarily for the international aerospace and automotive industries, as well as the oil and natural gas sector, and will secure more than 3,000 highly skilled jobs at the site.