In the field of car body development voestalpine is currently using roll-formed tube and profile components to permanently improve crash characteristics whilst simultaneously reducing vehicle weight.
Two trends are currently being followed in car body construction: reducing overall car body weight and optimizing crash characteristics. For a long time it was inconceivable that both goals could be combined. However, voestalpine has developed innovative approaches, including the use of roll-formed tube and profile components for key safety and weight-related positions, which demonstrate that such solutions are possible.
Roll-forming is a continuous forming process in which, step by step, strip materials in plate form are repeatedly rolled to achieve the desired cross-section. The profiles can take any required shape and produced with either simple or complex cross-sections. This is a particular advantage in the manufacture of safety-relevant parts, such as front, rear or side collision protection, sills and bumpers etc.
By using ultra high-strength steels such as complex-phase steels in car bodies, it has been possible to significantly reduce overall car body weight. The complex-phase steels have been optimized for bending and are highly ductile (more easily formed at higher strengths). This is a crucial characteristic for use as a structural component. Combining rolled-forms and using steel products especially designed for this task results in new lightweight construction solutions.
New voestalpine corporate design
The voestalpine Group is marking the consistent implementation of its strategy and its changing self-image by updating its visual identity: its transformation from a European steel company to a global technology and capital goods group is now also being mirrored in its corporate design. The new visual identity combines tradition with future expectations, and increasingly symbolizes dynamism and a focus on the future.