voestalpine, headquartered in Linz, is one of Europe’s leading partners to the automotive, white goods and energy industries. It is also world market leader in switch construction technology, tool steel and special profiles, and number one in Europe in the manufacturing of rails. voestalpine steel can also be found in numerous products such as the latest Airbus generation, the Atomium in Brussels, Wembley Stadium in London, and the Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world.
voestalpine is represented by 500 Group companies consisting of four divisions. As one of the divisions, the High Performance Metals Division focuses on technologically sophisticated products in the area of special steel. As part of its consistent customer orientation, the division operates a global sales and service network with around 160 locations on all continents.
Our approximately 50,000 employees in over 50 countries make us what we are: Quality and world market leader in many segments. We encounter numerous steel projects and products in everyday life, testifying to the innovative strength of our company and our employees: Tourists visit the Atomium in Brussels, soccer fans cheer on Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, journalists marvel at the presentation of a new luxury car in Rome, and at the same moment tourists visit the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai. What do these events have in common? All of them contain steel products from voestalpine! The career opportunities in our Group are very diverse and exciting!
Our subsidiary voestalpine High Performance Metals International GmbH, based in Vienna, focuses on technologically demanding product segments and is a market leader for tool steel, high-speed steel, special materials and other value-added services such as machining, heat treatment, PVD coatings and 3D printing of metals. Coordination with designers, toolmakers and tool users enables us to present our customers with complete solutions .
Every three years, we conduct an employee survey and examine the working environment at voestalpine. A high level of loyalty, great identification and pride in working for this company is both confirmation and motivation for us to continue and further develop the successful path with numerous initiatives. The obligatory annual employee review, in which employees exchange views with their direct managers on an equal footing, is an important element in promoting enjoyment of work and identification with our products. Another key to success are the training and development measures resulting from the employee appraisals: In fiscal 2016/17 alone, we invested more than 50 million euros in training and development for our employees.
Our employees also participate in the company’s success – through the unique employee share ownership program. 14.8 % of the share capital is in the hands of employees in Austria, Germany, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Switzerland – the legal framework for further international expansion is being examined on an ongoing basis.