First direct hot forming line for hot-dip galvanized steel strip

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.

An experienced and innovative specialist in the hot forming of galvanized steel, voestalpine meets the most sophisticated challenges of the automotive industry: Weight savings coupled with excellent crash behavior and excellent corrosion protection. Thanks to the phs-directform® innovation, voestalpine can now produce high-strength components with cathodic corrosion protection.

News phs-directform® works taking shape

The new voestalpine works for the world novelty in the field of hot forming is currently being built in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Production capacity was completed in August of 2015, and the first cooling station has already been ordered. Product introduction to the market has been in full swing since November 2015. Production of the world's first phs-directform® line is scheduled to commence in the summer of 2016, and it is already possible to witness the high performance of the line. Small-series parts can already be produced on an adapted phs-directform® production line. Production sites on all continents guarantee worldwide access to phs-directform®. The ambitious goal is to install ten new direct lines over the next five years. As a full-service provider, voestalpine is an expert in hot forming in the production of phs-ultraform® and phs-directform®.

Unique serial production with hot-forming technology

Direct hot forming is so economical, especially when producing low quantities. Based on many years of experience in the serial production of galvanized press-hardening steels, voestalpine has once again underscored its market leadership in this area. 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.

Think Zinc! perFORM HOT.

Important information pertaining to press-hardening steels has now been summarized by voestalpine on a comprehensive web site.

Go to http://www.voestalpine/thinkzinc for more detailed information about the new solution that applies cathodic corrosion protection using a zinc coating for direct hot forming.