Steel Division

Household appliance industry

The ideal supplier to household appliance manufacturers

The household-appliance industry has always been a market segment of strategic relevance to voestalpine. For more than 60 years, we have been developing the unique expertise incorporated into our end products, our manufacturing technologies and the industry. This has made it possible for voestalpine, as one of the most innovative and research-intensive companies in the steel industry, to set new industry standards in collaboration with our customers.

Why customers rely on voestalpine

Many renowned manufacturers have enjoyed much more than a sixty-year partnership with voestalpine. Highly skilled technical and market experts continue to work very closely with customers on high-quality and efficient solutions that set the market standards of tomorrow. Sophisticated service and logistics solutions are combined with a highly professional overall package that has proven to be effective for many manufacturers. Convince yourself!

Specialized research and development

voestalpine focuses more on solutions than on standard products. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of customer requirements and the development of individualized solutions. In its daily work, voestalpine banks on innovation and defines the standards of tomorrow.

  • Joint product development in collaboration with customers in the industry
  • Synergies with other highly innovative industries
  • More than 700 researchers, a close network with research institutions and consistent focus on innovation

Reliability AT the right time and place 

With years of experience delivering products to every part of the world, voestalpine implements all procedures necessary in international logistics to ensure the highest level of reliability. The highest degree of reliability is also taken for granted when it comes to global deliveries. A global network of sales offices, selected partners and steel service centers make it possible for voestalpine to be highly flexible with regard to customer requirements and to customize supplies and solutions for customers in the household appliance industry.

Is powder coating still your thing? Follow along and reduce your costs.

A large number of possible designs, maximum functionality, flexible support for your production lines in accordance with environmental regulations, cost savings, simplified logistics and just the right benefits clearly make colofer® the winner when answering the question of whether to use colofer® or a powder coating.

small lots is possible thanks to colofer® coil splitting.

colofer® home, the organic-coated steel strip for the household-appliance industry, has already become an important name as a high-quality and high-performance product. But did you know that the colofer® color service can produce most any color, and the product can be supplied in small lots thanks to colofer® coil splitting? This makes colofer® home an ideal choice when it comes to design and flexibility.

voestalpine supplies solutions to the following areas in the household-appliance industry:

  • Dishwashing
  • Laundry
  • Cooling
  • Drying
  • Cooking
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Almost invisible and yet so effective

multiface® is a multifunctional, nearly invisible protective coating with excellent anti-fingerprint properties. The coating provides excellent corrosion protection during transport and storage and very good forming properties without having to employ any additional lubricants. Components coated with multiface® can be painted or adhesive-bonded without any additional conditioning and can be processed immediately. The surface features very good adhesive properties.


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Steel strips

Electrical steel strip

Electrical steel strip

isovac®, electrical steel made by voestalpine, offers best magnetic properties and provides highest energy efficiency.

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Electrical steel strip

isovac® is the non-grain-oriented electrical steel made by voestalpine and stands for highest energy efficiency. Electrical steel is a material used in many different forms in the construction of magnetic cores in electrical appliances and machinery. voestalpine is Europe's market leader for non-grain-oriented semi-finished electrical steel.

Applications

isovac® made by voestalpine is a high-quality electrical steel for electric motors, generators and transformers of all kinds. 

The high demands of motors in general and especially drive motors in the field of e-mobility are met by isovac® with respect to efficiency and performance, highest permeabilities, lowest losses and, where required, high strength. 

Together with the pole plates of voestalpine, isovac® electrical steel makes a significant contribution in generator design with respect to increases in the efficiency of a wide range of generator types and sets new standards in terms of performance and sustainability.

The specialists of voestalpine are continually developing and optimizing special high-quality isovac® grades for static machines such as transformers, reactance coils or magnets for particle accelerators.

Product portfolio

Customized solutions are indispensable in a dynamic market marked by a wide variety of individual demands. With respect to compact engine design and high efficiency, voestalpine has just the right product for each customer.

Insulating varnish systems

The insulating varnish applied to the strip surface is a key factor in the highest performance of machines made of isovac® electrical steel. This is why voestalpine also relies on the highest quality of the insulating varnish systems. In close collaboration with leading European varnish manufacturers, voestalpine supplies insulating varnishes that contain no toxins, carcinogens, mutagens, formaldehyde or chromium compounds. The coatings meet all applicable EC directives (RoHS Directive 2011/65/EC).

Processability

Consistent mechanical properties across the entire length of the strip and clean surfaces that cause minimal abrasion on the punching tool are prerequisites to optimized punching processes.

The result of our stable and continuous rolling process is a reduction in the steel strip thickness tolerance value. Subsequent continuous annealing reduces material stress to a minimum. This enables voestalpine customers to manufacture components with the highest precision.


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Electrogalvanized steel strip

Electrogalvanized steel strip

Electrogalvanized steel strip made by voestalpine offers highest corrosion protection, best surface quality and excellent processing possibilities.

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Electrogalvanized steel strip

With its excellent properties, electrogalvanized (EG) steel strip is a premium product of voestalpine. The strengths and properties of electrogalvanized steel strip are suited to a wide variety of applications, even beyond the automotive segment. The material exhibits exceptional strengths in terms of strength, coating quality, functionality, formability and joinability.

Highest strength

The many available ahss high-ductility grades reach strengths of up to 1180 MPa. Ultra-high-strength grades with improved formability are available from 980 MPa. In spite of these high strengths, electrogalvanized steel strip is also ideally suited for exposed panels.


Typical applications

  • Rocker panels
  • Tunnels
  • A and B pillars

Best surface and coating quality

The most prominent advantage of electrogalvanized steel strip made by voestalpine is the uniform quality of the surfaces and coatings. Its characteristic properties are ideal for further processing.

  • Minimum zinc layer thicknesses possible
  • One-sided galvanization possible
  • Improved adhesiveness as compared to HDG/Z
  • Especially suitable for new coating strategies as a result of improved coatability
  • Improved adhesive bondability

Extended functionality

The basic material offers many functional advantages, and other properties can be added.

  • Inline phosphating (ZE+P)
  • Temporary corrosion protection
  • Minimized wear
  • Direct coating

Advantages of inline passivation (ZE+C)

  • Improved resistance to transport and warehouse corrosion
  • Good overcoatability
  • Free of Cr IV

Excellent formability

The special forming quality of the material withstands extreme deep-drawing stress. Additionally, the adhesive tendency of electrogalvanized steel strip is significantly lower than that of comparable materials.


Typical applications

  • Large exposed panels in car body design
  • Oil-filter cartridges

Excellent joinability

Thanks to its excellent spot welding and laser brazing properties, electrogalvanized steel strip is ideally suited for joining and leads to significantly lower electrode wear than conventional steel grades.

Typical applications

  • Back hatches
  • Roof and roof attachments
  • Side wall frames

Applications

Electrogalvanized steel strip is versatile and finds its application in a number of different industries. Reflectors for headlights, interior design, room partitions, exposed cable ducts, railings, light reflectors, doors, gates, frames, filter cartridges, oil filters, directly coated components such as radiator covers, claddings and structural members. All one-side-galvanized (joined) components that provide benefits to customers, such as auto roofs, tubes and sections. Exposed panels on white goods such as washing machines, refrigerators and switch cabinets.

 

 

Additional treatments

Electrogalvanized steel strip can be given a variety of surface treatments that further optimize the material.

Surface quality

  • Delivered with one of two surface types: A (formerly O3) or B (formerly O5). 
  • DIN EN 10152 illustrates the quality limits of various surfaces.
  • Same internal sorting standard as for cold-rolled steel strip

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Hot-dip galvanized steel strip

Hot-dip galvanized steel strip

Hot-dip galvanized steel made by voestalpine is characterized by high corrosion resistance, excellent working properties and a wide range of applications.

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Hot-dip galvanized steel strip

An excellent all-rounder

Hot-dip galvanized steel made by voestalpine is characterized by high corrosion resistance, high-quality appearance, excellent working properties and a wide spectrum of applications. The portfolio of steel grades ranges from super deep-drawing grades to grades with highest strengths (ahss advanced high-strength steels). Depending on customer requirements, voestalpine supplies a comprehensive range of available widths and thicknesses with tailor-made metallic coatings. A variety of surface finishing treatments also make it possible to extend the range of applications. voestalpine supplies high-strength steels with unique exposed-panel quality and offers a ZF coating for this purpose. The world's only hot-dip galvanized press-hardening steels made by voestalpine round off the extensive portfolio.

Materials for cold forming

  • Mild steels
  • Structural steels
  • Micro-alloyed steels
  • Bake-hardening steels
  • High-strength IF steels
  • Carbon-manganese steels
  • Dual-phase steels
  • Dual-phase high-ductility steels
  • Complex-phase steels
  • Complex-phase high-ductility steels

Some steel grades are available as galvanized hot-rolled strip:

  • Hot-rolled low-alloyed or microalloyed steels
  • Hot-rolled ferritic-bainitic steels
  • Hot-rolled complex-phase steels

Materials for hot forming

Press-hardening steels for hot forming are available in various strengths and are coated with zinc or zinc-iron. Best crash behavior, high dimensional accuracy and very good joining properties are the hallmarks of components made of these materials.

  • phs-ultraform®
  • phs-directform®
  • phs-rollform®
  • phs-multiform

Metallic coatings

  • Zinc (Z) for applications subject to average corrosion (galvanized)
  • Zinc-iron (ZF) for corrosion protection with highest weldability requirements (galvannealed)
  • Zinc-magnesium (ZM) for best cathodic corrosion protection (corrender)

Metallic coatings Z and ZM are available with normal (N) and small spangles (M). The surface of zinc-iron coating is spangle-free. Upon customer request, voestalpine supplies different zinc coatings per side (differential galvanizing).

Coating
Thickness/mm
Width max./mm
Coating
Z and GI0.45–4.001730Z70 - Z600
ZF and GA0.45–2.301730ZF70 - ZF140
ZM (corrender)0.45–2.301730ZM90 - ZM200

"At the Linz site, we manufacture a very extensive product mix in five different hot-dip galvanizing lines. We apply zinc coatings in various surface qualities on mild to high-strength steel grades. Our team of specialists meets the challenge with a high level of commitment and quality awareness every single day. We set the standards with additional chromium-free and environmentally friendly treatments such as clearcover® or multiface®.

Maximilian Kaiser, Main Process Manager, Hot-dip Galvanizing

Surface quality

  • As-coated surface (A)
  • Improved surface (unexposed and B)
  • Best surface (exposed or C) for special requirements such as exposed panels (IF steels) in the automotive industry for additional benefits:
  • Minimum waviness
  • High contour sharpness in reflections
  • Also for ZM corrender coatings)
  • Optimum forming properties
  • Efficient painting
Design for Z and ZM
Mean roughness value Ra [µm]
Standard0.6–1.9
Roughness: especially smooth0.5 max.
Roughness: smooth0.9 max.
Special option: half matt0.7–1.3
Special option: matt1.3–1.9

Numerous additional treatments

Subsequent surface treatment additionally improves the existing product properties in comparison to the high-quality base material and provides solutions to special applications:

  • Chemical passivation and/or corrosion protection oils protect against white rust formation and are free of chromium. (clearcover®)
  • Forming aids such as a phosphating or passivation layer (dryform)
  • Direct coating capacity for enameling steels (direct-e®)
  • Anti-fingerprint (multiface®) for the household appliance and construction industries

Further processing

Hot-dip galvanized steel strips available in a wide range of widths and lengths:

  • Wide strip
  • Slit strip (slit)
  • Cut-to-length sheets
  • Blanks

Supply pursuant to EN 10346 and VDA 239100 Deviations upon agreement.


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Cold-rolled steel strip

Cold-rolled steel strip

Cold-rolled steel strip made by voestalpine combines best surface appearance and narrowest thickness tolerances for a wide range of applications.

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Cold-rolled steel strip

Outstanding surface quality, excellent cold formability and high uniformity of mechanical properties are characteristic of this material.

Portfolio

The comprehensive steel grade program makes cold-rolled steel strip a genuine all-rounder. These materials are used in applications ranging from simple sections to complex deep-drawn parts. Cold-rolled steel strip is used in the household appliance industry in washing machines, dishwashers, tumble dryers, refrigerators, ranges and hot water tanks. Cold-rolled steels are also used in the radiator industry, the automotive industry (car body parts with low corrosion stress), the packaging industry and the tube and section industry.

Steel grades

  • Mild steels
  • Structural steels
  • Phosphorus-alloyed steels
  • Micro-alloyed steels
  • Bake-hardening steels
  • High-strength IF steels
  • Dual-phase steels
  • Complex-phase steels
  • TRIP steels

Cold-rolled steel strip

  • Excellent surface quality 
  • Excellent cold formability 
  • Highly uniform mechanical properties 
  • Narrow thickness tolerances thanks to modern production systems

Cold-rolled enamelable steels

Development continues unabated in this area, and high-performance cold-rolled steels made by voestalpine have become an alternative to OC annealed steels used in numerous applications in the household appliance and sanitation industries.


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Organic-coated steel strip

Organic-coated steel strip

colofer®, organic-coated steel strip made by voestalpine, features highest-quality surfaces and excellent processing properties.

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Organic-coated steel strip

colofer® is the high-tech composite material that consists of steel strip of the highest surface quality and a colored paint that can differ according to respective requirements. Excellent product properties and service tailored to the specific needs of the customer make colofer® a popular material in the construction and household appliance industries.

colofer® is the brand name that stands for a highest-quality product characterized by the following features:

  • Many years of experience
  • Products and solutions for every application
  • Service and benefits for our customers
  • Environmental awareness for many years 

The only true pioneer

colofer® is a true pioneer when it comes to protecting the environment and employee health and safety. In 1998, voestalpine developed an environmentally compatible colofer® production technology by completely eliminating chromium from the process, without compromising the excellent product performance and long warranty periods.

colofer® for both indoor and outdoor protection

colofer® is available in a wide variety of designs and is ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Please use our product finder to find the right product for the right place.


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Hot-rolled steel strip

Hot-rolled steel strip

Hot-rolled steel strip made by voestalpine is tailored to specific customer needs, and the product portfolio ranges from mild steels to meet the highest forming requirements to ultra-high-strength steels for the most demanding applications.

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Hot-rolled steel strip

Hot-rolled steel strip made by voestalpine is characterized by high product quality and is a true all-rounder. It is as versatile as its many applications. Detailed information on hot-rolled steels can be found in the product information portal.

Portfolio

Hot-rolled steel strip to meet every customer requirement We supply strip widths up to 1,750 mm and thicknesses up to 20 mm. Our products are available in both pickled and unpickled condition, as slit or wide strip or as cut sheets. Consistently high quality and production within the narrowest tolerances are our claim. Hot-rolled steel strip made by voestalpine is available in a wide variety of grades. A variety of different alloys and rolling programs provide our customers with just the right steel for their specific applications.

Steel grades

  • Mild steels
  • Structural steels
  • Micro-alloyed steels
  • Case-hardening and heat-treatable steels
  • Martensitic steels
  • Complex-phase steels
  • Dual-phase steels
  • Ferritic-bainitic steels
  • Pole and rim steels
  • Steels for enameling
  • Steels for gas cylinders
  • Weather-resistant structural steels
  • Wear-resistant steels
  • High-strength and ultra-high-strength steels

Hot-rolled steel strip 

voestalpine builds on partnerships and highest quality claims:

  • Development of customer-specific special grades based on individual requirements
  • High uniformity of mechanical and chemical properties
  • Narrowest tolerances guaranteed 
  • Consistently high product quality based on precise rolling process in which temperature and forming are precisely matched
  • Material and processing expertise from a single source

Mild, unalloyed steels for cold forming

These steels are generally delivered in accordance with EN 10111. They are used in applications in which formability is more important than strength.

Structural steels

These steels are included in EN 10025. One of their fields of application is in machinery. The steels are characterized by minimum yield strength, a margin for tensile strength and minimum fracture elongation. They are used for light drawing stress, forming and bending.

alform® steels

alform® is a brand name in the voestalpine Steel Division and stands for hot-rolled fine-grained steel with best cold-forming properties and excellent weldability. alform® steels are available in various grades and strength classes. Whether thermomechanically or normalized rolled, as hot-rolled strip or heavy plate, in coils, slit strip or cut sheets, alform® is an indispensable material in mechanical engineering, automotive design and in the processing Industry.

durostat® steels

durostat® grades are wear-resistant steels that feature high hardness achieved through accelerated cooling directly from the rolling heat. They are characterized by a high degree of wear resistance and are especially suited to applications with high mechanical stress and high levels of abrasion.

Case-hardening and heat-treatable steels

Case-hardening and heat-treatable steels pursuant to DIN EN ISO 683-1 and EN 10084 as well as the voestalpine standard are implemented in direct-processing applications or are used for cold re-rolling. These steels generally undergo heat treatment in order to achieve the desired processing and component properties. They are used in applications that must strike an optimum balance between hardness and toughness.

Pole sheets

Pole sheets are thermomechanically rolled steels with guaranteed magnetic properties. Standard grades are pursuant to Euronorm EN 10265:1995 (corresponding to IEC 404-8-5). Ultra-high-strength special voestalpine grades are also supplied.

Hot-rolled enamelable steels

The narrowest tolerances, high material quality and highly specialized application expertise guarantee products that meet every requirement. Combinations of thick hot-rolled steels and thin cold-rolled steels, for example, are often used in industrial silo designs.


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Zusatzbehandlungen ermöglichen eine Erweiterung des Einsatzbereiches, abgestimmt auf die vorab definierten Produktanforderungen jedes einzelnen Kunden.

colofer®

colofer®

colofer® made by voestalpine is coated in an environmentally compatible manner for custom applications and to meet the highest aesthetic demands.

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multiface®

multiface®

multiface® is a multifunctional, nearly invisible protective coating with excellent anti-fingerprint properties.

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dryform®

dryform®

dryform is the dry forming aid of voestalpine with additional corrosion protection. 100% chromate-free and environmentally compatible.

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direct-e®

direct-e®

direct-e® and cold-rolled steels for enameling made by voestalpine are a combination that makes enameling possible directly after the forming process.

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clearcover®

clearcover®

In addition to optimum corrosion protection, clearcover provides many benefits in supply and further processing.

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isovac®

isovac®

isovac® is the electrical steel made by voestalpine and stands for highest energy efficiency in future-oriented sectors such as e-mobility and generator manufacturing.

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corrender

corrender

corrender is a hot-dip galvanized steel strip with a zinc-magnesium coating for best corrosion protection and optimal workability.

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