Information to Suppliers regarding "Critical Infrastructure Segment" status (April 1, 2020)

Dear Supplier,

As always, the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, suppliers and the entire community are foremost in our minds. voestalpine High Performance Metals Corporation, for and on behalf of, Böhler, Uddeholm, eifeler, Sturdell, and Buffalo Precision (collectively, “voestalpine”) is closely monitoring the emerging threat of COVID-19 and taking the necessary preventative measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, suppliers and continuity of our business.

The steel industry has been designated a “Critical Infrastructure Segment” under Presidential Policy Directive 21 and Department of Homeland Security emergency readiness programs implementing the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001. 42 U.S.C. § 5195c(e). It is therefore the policy of the United States government that these industries continue to function with minimal disruption in the event of an emergency.

As voestalpine is deemed a “federal critical infrastructure sector”, all our plants remain open for business and are continuing to accept and deliver orders for our critical infrastructure customers in medical, transportation, aerospace, and oil & gas industries. Our customers expect us to continue to provide the highest levels of goods and service, with no interruptions to their business.

As a supplier to voestalpine, you are deemed a “critical infrastructure industry” of the steel industry requiring your business to remain open and provide goods and services during this critical time; therefore, we expect that you, as a supplier to voestalpine, will continue to support voestalpine’s operations. Due to large volume of inquiry from our suppliers and in the interest of time, we will provide rolling updates on our website (https://www.voestalpine.com/highperformancemetals/usa/en/) about any changes that may impact our suppliers.

voestalpine will continue to work with and keep informed our critical infrastructure suppliers and we encourage our suppliers to reach out if you have any questions at NAMCV.taskteam@voestalpine.com.

Kind regards,

VOESTALPINE LEADERSHIP TEAM

voestalpine group facilities remain open during Shelter-in-Place order (March 23, 2020)

As voestalpine High Performance Metals Corp. and related Brands is considered a “federal critical infrastructure sector”, we will continue to operate and manufacture as usual during Shelter-in-Place orders.

Related brands are:

Our EHS professionals have been working with and following the advice of health authorities in creating a 3-level pandemic protocol for our locations – this involves safe work practices such as social distancing, employing heightened hygiene and disinfecting practices.

Due to large volume of inquiry from our customers and in the interest of time, we will provide rolling updates on our website (https://www.voestalpine.com/highperformancemetals/usa/en/) about any changes that may impact our delivery or service levels

Kind regards,

VOESTALPINE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Company Statement on COVID-19 Outbreak and the Reliable Supply of Products/Services for Customers (March 12, 2020)

Dear Customers,

We provide you with an update on our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  voestalpine is closely monitoring the status of the outbreak and its potential adverse impact on supply chain continuity in the metals industry.

As the number of cases continues to escalate internationally and domestically, voestalpine is taking additional preventive measures such as site entry restrictions, work-from-home options, and staggered staffing schedules to stop the potential spread of the disease within our North America locations. In addition, we have implemented a travel ban in accordance with WHO recommendations (https://www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/updated-who-recommendations-for-international-traffic-in-relation-to-covid-19-outbreak).

The health and safety of our employees is paramount and we are complying with all requirements and best practices associated with our warehouses and offices in order to continue our operations. voestalpine’s warehouses in North America are fully operational and we will notify our customers if otherwise.   Please be advised that future government restrictions and/or limited availability of transportation may cause some delays in the supply chain.

voestalpine is communicating regularly with our suppliers for an updated status information and we will keep our valued customers informed of any changes that may impact delivery of products within North America.

VOESTALPINE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Cleveland, TN – voestalpine High Performance Metals Corp. today announced the opening of their newest Steel Store™ in Cleveland, Tennessee, thirty minutes north of Chattanooga on Interstate 75. The Steel Store™ specializes in providing Tool Steels for customers’ Tool, Die and Mold Making needs. The Steel Store aims to supply unparalleled service and fast deliveries. The new facility is strategically located to provide tool steel solutions and unmatched delivery service to the manufacturing communities located in the South Eastern United States.
This announcement and facility opening follows closely on the heels of the company’s announcement of the opening of their coatings facility in Tennessee in July which is co-located with the steel store and shows the company’s ongoing commitment to customer centric investments strategically located across the United States. According to Adam Steorn, Regional Manager Eastern United States, “our new facility is in line with our strategy to increase our local presence and service offering to our customers, in this very important manufacturing area. Steorn went on to say “With our local stock and coatings capabilities we offer the best of both worlds and ensure that our customer get most out of their investment as we aim to be Your One Stop Tool Steel Shop.”

In addition to the stocks of tool steels the Cleveland facility is equipped with state of the art Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) Arc coating systems technology. This location will feature Duplex coatings including CROSAL PLUS, TIGRAL and VARIANTIC, ideally suited for a variety of applications ranging from metalforming to die-casting, hot stamping and plastic injection molding.

The launch of the new facility represents a new era for voestalpine in the United States with an expansion to the south east to complement existing facilities across the United States.

Walnut, CA – voestalpine eifeler Coatings today announced the opening of their newest coatings facility in Walnut, California. The new facility is strategically located to provide state of the art Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coatings solutions to the manufacturing communities in California and the Western United States.

This facility will be operated by EDRO Engineering a division of voestalpine and a leading supplier of custom mold bases, tool steels and non-ferrous alloys. According to Kris Welch, EDRO’s Vice-President, “our new facility is operated by a team of highly trained professionals and allows us to expand our value added services to existing customers and into new markets where PVD coatings can help improve the manufacturing process and functional part performance.”

The Walnut facility is equipped with state of the art Physical Vapour Deposition Arc and Sputtering coating systems technology. This location also features the addition of Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings to the eifeler North America product portfolio, ideally suited for parts that require high sliding speeds, even without lubrication.

The launch of the new facility represents a new era for voestalpine eifeler Coatings in the United States with an expansion to the west coast to complement existing facilities in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Mexico and Canada.

Focused on concept to component services to accelerate application of Additive Manufacturing

 

voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Centers are pleased to announce our participation at North America’s
preeminent event for discovery, innovation, and networking in 3D manufacturing. voestalpine will be
showcasing its full suite of Additive Manufacturing technologies and expertise from in-house powder
development, engineering and production services through to wire for AM. The focus is on helping customers
identify the best applications and AM technologies to achieve their manufacturing goals.

“Not a day goes by when we do not hear or read about the transformational opportunities offered to
manufacturers by Additive Manufacturing. Our aim has always been to help our customers grow and to utilize
the latest advances in technology to achieve their growth goals. We hope that the show will help support this
goal and look forward seeing you in May” stated Martin Beaton, President voestalpine Additive Manufacturing
Centers & Vice-President Innovation & Value-Added, North America.

In the manufacturing community, there is no lack of information available about the transformational
opportunities offered to manufacturers by Additive Manufacturing. However, a challenge faced by many is
cutting through the hype and struggling to ask the right questions: How do I identify the good opportunities for
AM? Who to partner with? Where should I start? New part or existing parts? voestalpine’s differentiated
‘concept to component’ approach offers a one-stop-shop that can help customers answer these questions and
to deliver functional solutions that maximize the benefits of AM, please visit us at Booth #757 to learn more.