When the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are broadcast from August 5 to 21, 2016, voestalpine will also contribute a bit to its success by delivering the tool steel from Uddeholm for the tools required to mint the in total 2,488 medals.
Olympic medals 2016 minted with Uddeholm tool steel
Just under 11,000 athletes from 200 nations will compete in 28 disciplines and 306 competitions for 812 gold, 812 silver, and 864 bronze medals—all of which are minted in Brazil using highest-quality coining tools made of special steel from Uddeholms AB in Sweden, a voestalpine Group Special Steel Division company.
High quality requirements for punching tools
Coining tools must meet extremely high quality requirements, especially when it comes to strength and workability. On one side of the Olympic medals 2016 is Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, with the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis. On the other side is the logo of the games framed by a wreath of laurel leaves. The medals themselves are a victory in sustainability. The silver and bronze medals alone are made of 30% recycled materials. The medals were made by the renowned Brazilian Mint, which previously used stable Uddeholm tool steel to produce Brazilian reals.
voestalpine wishes all athletes all the best, much luck, and above all peaceful Summer Games 2016.