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voestalpine Signaling Austria GmbH

On one hand voestalpine Signaling Austria GmbH produces drive, locking and detection systems. This is where we develop individually combinable products as well as complete system solutions in combination with innovative force transmission systems. On the other hand our business unit "Diagnostic and Monitoring Technologies" (DMT) has its core competence in monitoring fixed assets. We have developed a world leading range of monitoring solutions which provide our customers with the tools to implement smarter maintenance practices and prevent asset failures. With more than 160 years of competency and experience in the international turnout business, we can offer system turnout knowledge combined with signaling expertise from one source.

  • 1851: Founding of the „Hugo Hütte“ by Earl Hugo Henckel von Donnersmark

    1866: Start of industrial turnout manufacturing

    1869: Owner „Steirische Eisenindustriegesellschaft“

    1889: Owner „Österreichische-Alpine-Montangesellschaft“

    1953: First export activities

    1973: Owner „VOEST-Alpine AG“

    1980: Patent application for manganese-welding

    1988: Turnouts with moveable point frogs are introduced to the market

    1990: Start into a new historical era: foundation of VAE as an independent company – start of internationalisation

    1992 - 1994: Vienna Stock Exchange – VAE goes public

    2000: Spin-off of Austrian turnout production plant called VAE Eisenbahnsysteme GmbH as independent company – integrated in VAE group

    2000: First plug and play turnout

    2002: Founding of the business unit HYTRONICS – start of industrial production

    2003: New owner of the VAE group: voestalpine – Division “Bahnsysteme”

    2004: Enlargement of the VAEE HYTRONICS business unit with the companies CONTEC and SST

    2005: Automation in HYTRONICS production and focus on complete turnout systems, including drive and safety technology

    2006: TENS is integrated into the company in the HYTRONICS division

    2008: Inclusion of the UK company CDSRail, specialising in diagnostic systems for fixed asset monitoring

    2011: VAE Eisenbahnsysteme GmbH splits up into voestalpine Weichensysteme GmbH and voestalpine HYTRONICS GmbH

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

    2020: Bundling of all voestalpine competencies related to railway infrastructure in the new business division "Railway Systems" - voestalpine Signaling as part of the voestalpine Railway Systems Group.



Managing Director - CEO

Gerald KNAPP

Managing Director - CFO

Holger PÜTZ

Managing Director - CSO


Managing Director - CEO of Competence Unit DMT Infra (Diagnostic & Monitoring Technologies for Infrastructure)



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