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SLIMulations show weight savings in high-strength components with innovative ultralights made by voestalpine and provide data and suggestions for engineering designers.

The voestalpine Steel Division leads the way with new solutions, including greentec steel products. The certificate awarded by ReponsibleSteel for sustainable steel production at the Linz site shows our green technology is on the right track.

The first hot-forming steel with a thin zinc coating for press-hardened components and strengths up to 2000 MPa is called phs-scalefree and is supplied exclusively by voestalpine.

Congratulations! The voestalpine steel innovation phs-scalefree sets standards in lightweight automotive design. Peter Heinzl, Head of Sales, Automotive Industry, in an interview on the anniversary of the newsletter

voestalpine is the center competence for additively manufactured components made of steel for the automotive industry, from component development and production to the assembly of hybrid components and their integration into the vehicle design.

Freight trains supply car manufacturers in Bavaria and the Upper Palatinate with steel from Linz in Upper Austria and transport scrap back to production. This saves more than 8000 tons of CO2 every year.

The scalable battery platform with a steel box developed by voestalpine Stahl and Bertrandt sets new standards in economical electric vehicle design.

Carbon-free steel production is our goal at voestalpine. Thanks to process optimizations, the Linz site is already an international leader in carbon-reduced steel production. Customers can benefit immediately.

In response to a demand from the automotive industry, first and foremost Audi, and to a proposal be VDA, a new generation of prelube has been developed in order to provide sustainable advantages in production.

When it comes to battery boxes for electric vehicles, voestalpine is the partner of choice for engineers with comprehensive material expertise. Make a battery pit stop on the website and recharge with a head start on your information.

Supported by voestalpine and other renowned project partners, the "Underground Sun Storage 2030" project has set itself a groundbreaking goal: The underground storage of hydrogen is soon to become a reality.

The newly developed basic cam unit represents an economical alternative to the premium series. With a load-dependent service life of up to one million strokes, its optimized geometry is very impressive. It features high forces and simplified handling. Added value for every customer!

For voestalpine, responsibility for the climate and the environment means taking a sustainable approach to products and production. A further step in this direction is the optimization of energy efficiency with the avoidance of so-called flare losses.

Safety and the protection of occupants in the case of a fire are hotly debated topics when it comes to electric and hybrid cars. With a self-conducted fire test, voestalpine provides refractory data and material expertise.

The automotive industry is on the move. Designers do not spend their time sitting back and relaxing: Safety, weight reduction and economy are driving factors in interior vehicle design. With innovative steel solutions and many years of experience, voestalpine is your partner in the field of seat structures.

In the field of e-mobility, voestalpine specializes in battery box bottom structures and sandwich designs with innovative advanced high strength steels, comprehensive expertise and support. In the field of e-mobility, voestalpine specializes in battery box bottom structures and sandwich designs with innovative advanced high strength steels, comprehensive expertise and support.

Battery boxes for electric vehicles must be crash-resistant and fireproof. voestalpine has systematically established expertise in the field of battery boxes and is a partner that offers more than just optimized steels.

The Duplex VARIANTIC® 1400 tool coating has set a milestone in the economical cold forming of AHSS steels. An expert interview reveals how the future is shaped through a Group-wide collaborative effort.

Highly economical cold forming. You too can benefit from the many advantages of ultra-high-strength steels (higher than 1,000 MPa) and a new coating for forming tools that increases tool life by up to 460%.

phs-uncoated steels are setting a new milestone for safety-related press-hardened components where the corrosion stress is low. This voestalpine steel is the new ace when it comes to maximum energy absorption and minimum deformation in a crash.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international organization that ranks several thousand companies worldwide every year with respect to their climate protection activities. In two independent rankings, voestalpine improved considerably, showing us that we are right on target. It doesn’t get any greener.

With a high degree of flexibility and stability, voestalpine is your reliable partner, especially in challenging times. In his newest video message, Peter Heinzl, Head of Sales, Automotive Industry, shows you something that voestalpine will never be.

The voestalpine material data for forming simulation are now available online, and crash simulation characteristics are provided as upon request.

The properties of galvanized ahss high-ductility steels are a joy for forming specialists. Welders see this in a more differentiated way, especially with respect to liquid metal embrittlement. Here are top tips for tip-top welding results.

High-strength HD steels and their weldability are essential in the automotive industry. The expert interview hits the welding spot and provides information about the most important current issues of the industry.

voestalpine sets a new standard in the thickness tolerances of hot-rolled wide strip with guaranteed narrowest tolerances across the entire width and length of the strip. The precise advantages will convince you.

voestalpine guarantees the narrowest thickness tolerances in hot-rolled steel strip, thus providing a higher level of quality and economic advantages. You will find out here how this precision mission was accomplished.

Do you want everything just right in lightweight automotive design? With respect to responsibility for the environment, people and the future, voestalpine is a sustainable step ahead. Discover amazing facts on our new website “Stella Sustainable,” where we focus on sustainability and provide you with interesting images and videos.

Xpert Interview on the making of the steel innovation CP1400HD, which sets new standards in cold forming in automotive lightweight design.

The high-ductility, complex-phase steel CP1400HD of voestalpine redefines the limits of what is feasible in automotive lightweight design.

New voestalpine plants in the field of secondary metallurgy and continuous casting voestalpine remains on the fast track in automotive lightweight design. New plants make it possible to produce high-strength steels of the highest quality with the high capacities required by the market.

Highest strip flatness, strength and excellent cold formability characterize the martensitic steel made by voestalpine. This makes it an ideal complement to hot forging steels for crash-relevant components.

Experts attending the Tri-country Corrosion Conference spoke about trends in corrosion research and introduced the new standard corrosion test for the automotive industry. We were there with a camera.

Where does the current of opinions flow with respect to electromobility? An interactive presentation at this year's "Connected by Excellence" provided an overview of further developments in electromobility and insights into the opinions of representatives and experts in the industry.

The Annual Supplier Quality Report published by Toyota Motor Europe names voestalpine as the best flat-rolled-steel supplier with respect to quality and service. For the key account team, this is both a source of great satisfaction and an incentive to become even better.

HR700LAS is a hot-rolled, micro-alloyed steel within the hot-rolled drive product group of ultralights steels that not only meets the requirements of VDA 239-100, but is also highly suitable for challenging component geometries such as narrow edge radii, particularly in combination with punched edges and the flanging of punched holes.

A perfect coating can only be as good as the surface it is applied to. New coating systems without any fillers require the highest surface quality on hot-dip galvanized steels for exposed panels in the automotive industry. voestalpine provides this high quality.

New classification of AHSS steels voestalpine is proposing a more uniform nomenclature that is based on the further processing of the material and that would more effectively characterize material properties and optimum fields of application.

Als eine der ersten Automobil-Zulieferer haben die voestalpine Stahl GmbH und das voestalpine Steel & Service Center die neuen IATF Qualitätsmanagement-Zertifikate erlangt.

Hot forming: Materials and production technologies. voestalpine is a hot tip in the field of hot forming. A content overview shows you why different materials and production technologies offer decisive benefits to our customers.

Complex-phase steel in thicknesses up to 3 mm. voestalpine is giving engineers a new opportunity for optimum component design. Hot-dip galvanized complex-phase steels are now available in thicknesses up to 3 mm.

Automotive Notes was launched a year ago. Peter Heinzl, Head of Automotive Sales, thanks readers and talks about future perspectives in a new video.

The voestalpine Steel Division was honored with the Best Plant Award 2017. This is the first time in the history of PSA that this award was presented to a steelmaking company. Until now it has only been presented by the French car manufacturer to subsuppliers and component suppliers.

voestalpine is a trusted supplier to Toyota Motor Europe. In the course of a successful partnership, a special TBF steel was developed for an innovative seat rail for the Toyota C-HR.

High-tech products such as flat screens are transported in Styrofoam elements. Coils made by voestalpine are also packaged in Styrofoam. The package of benefits in the innovative voestalpine solution is convincing.

If you rest, you rust! Experts at voestalpine offer glimpses of current corrosion protection research and testing. A video shows how zinc-magnesium is highly efficient in protecting modern cars from corrosion.

phs-directform®, a world novelty, is directly hot-formed, hot-dip galvanized steel strip to be used in corrosion-resistant light-weight components for the automotive industry. Tailor-welded blanks (TWB) can also be processed without additional expense.

Tubes and sections, corrosion-resistant and with high strength where it is needed. A patented rollform hardening process will soon be a part of auto manufacturing and will open new opportunities.

Construction of the new voestalpine production facility for the innovative field of hot forming is well underway. Production operations in the world's first line for the direct hot forming of phs-directform® are scheduled to begin in Schwäbisch Gmünd in the summer of 2016. The press tool must be installed in the production line before any parts can be pressed.

The requirements of car producers are very diversified with respect to structural autobody components, which feature ever lighter weights, higher strengths and greater stability. As an experienced and innovative specialist, voestalpine responds to the industry with phs-directform®, a material that meets the highest demands of hot-formed galvanized applications.

The next world novelty in the field of hot forming for press-hardened steels is on its way to the customer. Construction work is progressing smoothly on the world's first phs-directform® line in the voestalpine works of Schwäbisch Gmünd.