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Steel meets wood: weighty project for voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik

Christopher Eberl
Christopher Eberl is editorially responsible for the topics on the blog as well as for the apprentice website. With his stories he provides deep insights into the diverse world of the voestalpine Group.

Once again voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik has installed a high-bay warehouse for wood product specialist EGGER. Around 1,750 tons of steel now bear the loads stored in the special warehouse in St. Johann in Tirol.

voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik and the EGGER Group are two companies with a long history and solidly Austrian roots. Although they have both kept their feet firmly on the ground, over the years each company has slowly built up its international activities. In summer 2022, EGGER signed off on another high-bay warehousing project that voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik had successfully installed for its long-term customer.

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Around 1,750 tons of steel now bear the loads stored in the special warehouse in St. Johann in Tirol. 

Two materials, one goal

When two experts meet, it often leads to long-term, successful business relationships. One such example is voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik and EGGER. Although dedicated to different materials, they are united in their clear focus on the customer and providing unique solutions. Founded in 1961, EGGER is a family-run enterprise based in St. Johann in Tirol which is continually growing and expanding its international activities. The company is a leading brand when it comes to solutions for living and working with wood in Europe. voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik, part of the Metal Forming Division of voestalpine AG, is a steel company specializing in high-bay warehousing, with over 30 years’ expertise and experience in the sector. From developing and producing sections, processing, and the final turnkey solution, the company has already completed more than 1,000 high-bay warehousing projects to date.

High-bay warehouse, in-depth expertise

voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik has recently installed a state-of-the-art high-bay warehouse at the EGGER chipboard plant in St. Johann in Tirol which is especially designed for storing heavy loads. The chipboards EGGER produces are not only bulky but also particularly heavy warehouse goods. The result is a completely new warehouse, built from scratch and designed to meet EGGER’s specific requirements. voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik supplied all the relevant services, from engineering for the specific statics through to the final self-supporting steel construction in silo design which met all the requirements for the subsequent technical realization. “When it came to the processing and assembly, a particular challenge proved to be the large storage feed area, an access area from which the chipboard is taken and stored. There was also a high-voltage power line running just behind the high-bay warehouse, which meant a special assembly plan was needed. But thanks to the excellent cooperation, we were able to complete everything on time and to the customer’s complete satisfaction,” explains Project Head Matthias.

Steel meets wood: weighty project for voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik 

Impressive record

Within just one year, from the awarding of the contract in summer 2021 to acceptance of the completed warehouse in mid-2022, voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik assembled almost 1,750 tons of steel. At 149 meters long, 24 meters wide, and almost 36 meters high, the chipboard warehouse offers space for a total of 4,480 chipboard packages with a maximum weight of five tons per package, equating to an overall capacity of around 22,400 tons. In addition to timely delivery and the usual high quality, for EGGER it was the smooth interaction between everyone involved in each step of the project which determined its success. “The many joint projects are evidence of our history, our long-term business relationship, and that the chemistry between us on a personal and professional level simply works,” says Julia (Marketing & Communications at voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik). With this successful project at its home base, voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik, the specialist for high-bay warehousing technology, is helping long-term customer EGGER achieve its mission of applying innovative product and service solutions that make more out of wood.

Christopher Eberl