Voestalpine invests EUR 100 million in expanding its hot-dip galvanizing lines

by David Fleschen

To be able to meet the growing demand for high-quality high-strength steels in the future, in the next few years voestalpine will be investing almost EUR 100 million in the expansion of the hot-dip galvanizing lines at the Linz site. The investment will make it possible to further increase the production quality of zinc-coated and uncoated cold-rolled strip products. Construction work will start in August with hot-dip galvanizing line 4; the technological ramp-up is scheduled for 2025/26. This will allow the site to significantly increase the volume of ultra-high-strength steels.

The expansion of the line is a key factor in the future high-strength strategy of the voestalpine Group’s Steel Division. Investing in the line will make it possible in the future to produce all major steel grades that are mainly used in the premium automotive industry and have to meet the most stringent quality requirements. The high-quality steel products offer best crash performance combined with lowest weight. This makes vehicles lighter and consequently more sustainable.

Another important component is the planned zinc bath bypass; the integrated “bypass solution” is being developed within the Group and will allow cold-rolled strip to be produced on a line without a lowerable zinc bath.

The modernization of all hot-dip galvanizing lines is expected to be completed in 2027.

Source and Photo: Voestalpine

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