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voestalpine Rail Technology GmbH

As the market leader in Europe with worldwide operations, voestalpine Rail Technology GmbH (former voestalpine Schienen GmbH) manufactures the world's widest range of ultra-long rails measuring up to 120 meters, which are also available in many premium heat-treated grades. As a pioneer in LCC and RAMS, voestalpine Rail Technology GmbH combines cutting-edge technology, logistics and systems expertise for railways and thus offers its customers an outstanding package of benefits. 

  • 1837: First flat rails

    1850: First rail heads

    1857: Already an annual production of 9.000 tons according to the method by Peter Tunner in Zeltweg

    1869: First rails made of SM-Steel (SM = Siemens-Martin-Steel making method)

    1900: Donawitz build SM steel plant an takes over the rail production form Zeltweg

    1911: Rail supplies to first markets outside Europe (e.g. Middle East and Australia)

    1928: Production start of wear resistant rails, rails made of electric arc furnace steel in Donawitz

    1954: ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) and SBB certify LD-rails

    1976: Linz enters into experimental continuous caster production of blooms in S900A grade which are rolled in Donawitz

    1980: The bloom caster in Donawitz ist commissioned

    1982: Donawitz produces rails of continuous casting as first enterprise in Europe

    1990: Donawitz produces head hardened rail (HSH-rails) from the rolling heat, being the first supplier world wide of 120m long rails

    1990: Full modernisation and capacity extension of finishing and dispatch facilities

    1991: Splitting of the Donawitz location in three operational companies (rails, steel, wire rod)

    1994: Commissioning of the world wide most modern rail stockyard which can handle rails up to 120m length. The stockyard is computer controlled and managed by a single person

    2000: Commissioning of the LD oxygen compact steel mill in Donawitz

    2002: Commissioning of the second fully automatic long rail stockyard

    2004: Opening of the new "Rail Technology Center" (RTC) at the factory location

    2006: Commissioning of the most modern rail rolling mill worldwide

    2009: New construction and commissioning of the heat treatment facility for rails with the highest capacity worldwide.

    2014: Groundbreaking for a new "Competence Center Welding" (CCW) at the company site




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