voestalpine boosts aerospace business with new site

By 2021 voestalpine will have invested around half a billion euros in technology development and digital transformation at the site in Kapfenberg. Now three major new facilities have successfully gone into operation. The highlight is a EUR 40M forging line enabling materials for highly stressed, rotating aircraft turbine components to be manufactured for the first time.It also expands the portfolio of steel grades for the automotive and oil & gas industry. The run-up phases for a production facility for metal powder used in 3D printing and a state-of-the-art chemical laboratory were also completed at almost the same time. Work on constructing the new special steel plant is progressing rapidly.

The voestalpine High Performance Metals Division, with its Styrian sites Kapfenberg and Mürzzuschlag, which together have a workforce of around 3,800 employees, is a global provider of high performance materials and special forgings for the aerospace sector.

The fully-digital plant started production last October after one and a half years of construction, and will process around 20,000 tons of material produced by the company’s own special steel plant each year. Significant investment is also being made into expanding activities in the aerospace sector at the sister companies in Styria: voestalpine Böhler Aerospace is erecting a state-of-the-art production facility for aero-structures close by, while this summer voestalpine Böhler Bleche in Mürzzuschlag began operating a new rolling line for titanium plates for aerospace applications.

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