Tool steel is the most challenging steel application. The High Performance Metals Division is the world leader in this area. Among other things, our high quality tool steel is used for the production of mass products in various industries.
Depending on the application, high tensile strength, toughness, working hardness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance are required.

A distinction is made between cold work, hot work and plastic mold steel.
Cold work steel is required for the production of stamping, embossing and cutting tools.
Hot work steel is used in tools for forging, die casting and extrusion.
Plastic mold steel produces the molds and matrixes required for the production of plastic products.

For modern industrial production, in particular mass production, machining is one of the most important shaping and forming processes. Almost all tools employed for this purpose are made from high speed steels.  In recent times, the use of high speed steels for chipless shaping as well, i.e. for tools like cold extrusion and punching dies, is gaining in importance.


Characteristic properties of all high speed steels are:

  • Superior woking hardness
  • High wear hardness
  • Excellent toughness
  • High retention of hardness and red hardness

Influence alloying elements on the steel properties:

Carbon: produces carbides, increases wear resistance, carries matrix hardness.

Tungsten and Molybdenum: Improves red hardnesss, retention of hardness and high temperature strength of  matrix, from special carbides of great hardness.

Vanadium: Forms special carbides of supreme hardness, increases high temperature wear resistance, retention of hardness and high temperature strength of  matrix.

Chromium: Promotes deep hardening, produces readily soluble carbides.

Cobalt: Improves red hardness and retention of hardness of the matrix.

Since it is possible to achieve specific properties by carefully balancing these alloying elements, we are able to supply you with the most suitable high speed steel grade for nearly all kinds of application


S600 – 1.3343


0.90 4.10 5.00 1.80 6.20



The well balanced composition produces both excellent toughness and cutting power and makes this economical molybdenum high speed steel a standard grade for all types of roughing and finishing tools, as well as for all tools demanding a high degree of toughness.
Its wide application will help to simplify stock keeping.

Applications : Taps, twist drills, reamers, broaching tools, metal saws, milling tools of all types, woodworking tools and cold work tools.

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Tungsten-molybdenum high speed steel with excellent toughness and cutting properties.
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Cobalt alloyed, tungsten-molybdenum high speed steel possessing high hardness, excellent cutting properties, high red hardness and good toughness.
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Powder Metallurgy

High Alloy Steels will gain improved properties by increasing the solidification rate. This gives a fine microstructure and small, well-distributed carbides in the matrix.

During Powder Metallurgy (PM), the melt stream is atomised by nitrogen gas into small droplets with an average size of 50-100 µm. The powder is filled into capsules directly in order to avoid contamination. With hot isostatic pressing (HIP), the powder is consolidated to 100% density.

By using a special refining sequence, the cleanliness of the molten steel is improved prior to atomisation. This results in improved mechanical properties and an extremely low non-metallic inclusion level (SuperClean™).

The HIP’ed PM capsules are hot forged and rolled to smaller bar sizes followed by heat treatment and machining.

PM steels are used in very demanding applications within cold work, plastic and cutting tools.

There are only a few Powder Metallurgical Plants world wide with the Bohler Uddeholm Plant being the most advanced plant to date. Bohler Uddeholm is able to produce Generation 3 Powder Metallurgical tool steels called Microclean which is able to yield 20% better performance then the Generation 1 or 2 PM steels. This means longer tool life for our customers.

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Vanadis 23
Vanadis 23 SuperClean³ is a high alloyed powder metallurgical high speed steel suitable for long run tooling in applications with high demands on mixed wear (abrasive/ adhesive) or where risk of plastic deformation of the working surface of the tooling is encountered.
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Vanadis 30
Vanadis 30 SuperClean³ is a cobalt high performance high speed steel. The cobalt addition has a positive influence on the hot wear resistance. Hot wear resistance and ductility are key properties in high speed steel cutting tools.
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Vanadis 60
Vanadis 60 SuperClean³ is a premium high alloyed PM high speed steel with 10,5% cobalt. Vanadis 60 SuperClean³ is particularly suitable for cutting tools where highest demand on wear resistance and hot hardness prevails.
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Produced by Powder Metallurgy methods. Segregation free and homogeneous metal powders of highest purity and adequate granulation are processed to a homogenous and segregation free high speed steel of virtual isotropic properties in a diffusion process taking place at high pressure and temperature.
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Produced by Powder Metallurgy methods. Segregation free and homogeneous metal powders of highest purity and adequate granulation are processed to a homogenous and segregation free high speed steel of virtual isotropic properties in a diffusion process taking place at high pressure and temperature.
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Alloy Steel is steel alloyed with a variety of elements in total amounts of between 1.0% and 50% by weight to improve its mechanical properties. The physical properties of these steels are modified by the other elements, to give them greater hardness, durability, corrosion resistance, or toughness as compared to carbon steel.

voestalpine High Peformance Africa has various products for Case Hardening Steel , High Tensile Steel and Nitriding Steels

For more information contact

Charmanita Hoggons on 067-102 1926


Special Steels are a result of the “Special Process” for which they are required to pass through before they receive the special melted and re-melted brand.

You will be able to differentiate between these brands and other “conventional” Bohler material by the brand name assigned to them.

The Special Processes would include:

  • Vacuum Induced Melting (VIM)
  • Electro Slag Remelting (ESR)
  • Vacuum Melted & Remelted (VMR)

Stockists of the 431 (En57) and the 440B stainless grades

The particularly wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant steel produced using powder metallurgy increases a tool’s life cycle.

We are innovation leaders through additive manufacturing

Metal additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has revolutionized metalworking like no other process.

And this is how it works
Based on digital design data, highly complex parts with completely new shapes and functionalities are built up layer by layer without material losses. Advantages are low storage costs and shorter innovation and production cycles, as well as individual production. The material used is metal powder in different preparation.

Experience in powder metallurgy
The subsidiaries of the High Performance Metals Division, voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl and Uddeholm , have many years of experience in powder metallurgy as a starting material for highly resistant steels. Additive manufacturing combines the core competence of powder production with the possibilities of design optimization and component production.

Research and consulting
Especially in sectors such as the aerospace industry, the automotive industry, toolmaking and medical technology, where technically highly sophisticated custom-made products are frequently in demand, metal-based additive manufacturing offers great future potential. The aim is to provide customers with the best possible powder or design advice or to manufacture components for them.
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gauge plate

All of the standard stock items are available off the shelf.

For prices please contact sales on (011) 571 2322 or (011) 571 2327

The term gauge plate refers to a tolerance being:

Width: +0.2 / -0.00mm
Thickness: +0.05 / -0.00mm
Length: +5.0 / 0.0mm

The most commonly used material grade found in gauge plate is the 01 or Böhler’s K460 material. For customer service, Böhler’s K460 Gauge Plate is being produced in Gauteng by our Böhler Maching Department. This K460 Gauge Plate is being produced according to European standards which will ensure that our customers always get a top line product. Special size gauge plate (outside of the standard product size range) is available on request. We are proud to be able to cater to our customers needs.

Over the years, the South African Customer base has become comfortable with the idea that there is only one material grade of Gauge Plate. This pre-conceived idea of the single grade is actually not true, Gauge Plate is available in many different grades of material, all of which are available from Böhler Maching. These grades include: K110, S600, M200, M201, W302, W360, N690 etc. In practice, Böhler Machining manufacture Gauge Plate from any grade which is available from Böhler.

This option means that our customer will be able to satisfy more of his needs within this market. i.e. Should customers need a gauge material that require more wear resistance than the K460 grade , K110 Gauge Plate will give added wear resistance.

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