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Know-how for more than 160 years

In 1851, Count Hugo Henckel von Donnersmarck founded the so-called “Hugo-Hütte”, which developed into the most important company in the field of railway systems through consistently innovative research - voestalpine Railway Systems GmbH, former voestalpine VAE GmbH.

All over the world, customers have confidence in this well-founded know-how when they require turnouts systems for highest speeds, highest axle loads or shortest train intervals and complex requirements for individual solutions.

1851: Foundation of the company

1866: Start of industrial turnout production

1953: Start of export activities

1980: Patent on AMS welding

1988: Market introduction of movable crossings (MPF)

1990: Start of internationalization

1992-1992: Privatization of VAE

1998: Successful defense against hostile take-over

2000: Plug and play turnout

2002: Start of industrial HYTRONICS production

2003: New owner; 100% voestalpine

2011: Splitting of the Austrian subsidiary, VAE Eisenbahnsysteme GmbH, in the newly founded voestalpine Weichensysteme GmbH and voestalpine HYTRONICS GmbH

2014: Rebranding/renaming of voestalpine HYTRONICS Group in voestalpine SIGNALING

2018: Bundeling of the railway infrastructure competences (high-tech turnouts, high-quality rails and intelligent, tailor-made signaling solutions) under the joint "Railway Systems" brand

2020: voestalpine Railway Systems GmbH was founded

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