Voestalpine AG’s steel rolling mill - the future of steel manufacturing?

Last Modified: Sun Jun 25 2017 05:47:30 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 14
    Number of employees that operate Voestalpine AG’s new automated steel rolling mill in Donawitz, Austria.
  • 1,000
    Number of employees that would have been needed to operate a plant of the same capacity if it were built in the 1960s.
  • 3
    Technicians sit in what is called the 'pulpit', mostly playing a monitoring role, watching for warning signs such as spikes in temperature or pressure.
  • 11
    employees maintain equipment or retool the plant for various wire gauges—hundreds of variations ranging from 4.5 millimeters to 60 millimeters.
  • 500,000 tonnes
    of steel wire a year produced in the plant. Voestalpine built this plan as several years ago it realised it couldn’t compete on bulk steel with titans such as Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal, Japan’s Nippon Steel, or South Korea’s Posco, let alone hundreds of low-cost Chinese furnaces.
  • $111 million
    Cost of constructing the plant - the thick wire manufactured in the plant is used to make components such as shock absorbers and piston cases in BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi factories across the border in Germany.