voestalpine is Austria's most research-intensive industrial company. Research, development and innovation have always enjoyed the highest priority at technology and capital goods group voestalpine.
The voestalpine Group’s research and development focus is global: 760 employees at over 70 companies around the world are actively working in R&D. A key reason for the Group’s success is global networking and cooperation with external R&D partners, especially universities. voestalpine is currently running several hundred research projects in over 20 countries, undertaken in cooperation with around 80 universities and research institutes.
One key innovation focus lies in the industries with the greatest potential for growth: mobility and energy. Other focal areas include sustainability and environmental impact. When it comes to developing processes, the focus lies on energy and resource efficiency, reducing CO2 and zero waste. All production processes are examined to assess the potential for recovering materials and energy.
Over the past ten years research and development expenditure has risen by 250%, to a new record level of EUR 141 million for the business year 2014/15.
Innovation highlights for markets with the most demanding technological and quality requirements, such as mobility and energy, include:
- Ultra high-strength steels for lighter and extremely resilient components for the automotive and aviation industries
- Ultra high-speed turnouts and rails
- Heavy plate for pipelines needing to withstand the most demanding specifications, lowest temperatures & most challenging conditions
Each year the National Award for Innovation is given to Austria’s most innovative company. In 2015 voestalpine beat a total of 618 projects to win with phs-ultraform, receiving the highest accolade for innovative companies in Austria.
Infographic “voestalpine Research & Development”