Advantage in press-hardening steels with zinc coating and efficient forming processes

Less weight, excellent crash behavior, long-lasting corrosion protection. In lightweight automotive design, voestalpine is the partner of choice when it comes to the production of components from galvanized press-hardened steels (phs) by means of hot forming. The spectrum of materials with high corrosion protection resulting from their zinc coating and the corresponding forming processes always offer the optimum solution for various component requirements. voestalpine solutions also meet the important criterion of economical production. 

In the fast lane for 20 years: a brand that has proven its excellence over 300 million times!

With the development of the corrosion-resistant and high-strength phs-ultraform® product group, voestalpine set new standards in lightweight automotive engineering 20 years ago.

Since that time, phs-ultraform has been used for longitudinal and cross members, A and B pillars, rockers and bulkheads. What's more, this technology also makes an important contribution towards reducing fuel consumption while significantly increasing passenger safety.

Starting out from the basic idea and the first implementation trials, the research and development team has succeeded in gaining a major innovative lead.

Recently, the 300 millionth phs-ultraform® component was manufactured.

  Learn more about the phs-ultraform® success story

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Please contact us! At voestalpine you receive comprehensive advice and the optimum overall solution from a single source. 

What we offer

  • Innovative high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel materials for lightweight automotive design
  • Process expertise in direct and indirect hot forming technologies
  • Serial production of components in cooperation with the specialized companies in the Metal Forming Division

Think zinc! The corrosion protection secret of success

Zinc coatings provide excellent corrosion protection. Press-hardening steel, on the other hand, is ideal for the hot forming of crash components. The automotive industry has long had the need for press-hardening steel strip with a zinc coating. This seemed impossible because of the liquefaction and evaporation of zinc at relatively low temperatures. At voestalpine, we do the seemingly impossible. 

Almost two decades ago, the company began research and development in the field of hot forming hot-dip galvanized steel. The result is proven and industry-leading phs solutions developed by voestalpine. Your advantages in direct and indirect hot forming:

  • Excellent cathodic corrosion protection
  • Exceptional formability
  • Excellent crash performance (ductility)
  • Strengths ranging to 2,000 MPa
  • Wide variety of solutions for individual component requirements
  • Economical manufacturing

Prof. Tolan lays everything on the table.

When you acquire a taste for it! Here Professor Metin Tolan reveals the secrets of phs technology in a competent and culinary way.

Why zinc does not evaporate

The remote effect of corrosion-resisting zinc

The secret of the bending angle

No chance for microcracks