Number of employees that operate Voestalpine AG’s new automated steel rolling mill in Donawitz, Austria.
Number of employees that would have been needed to operate a plant of the same capacity if it were built in the 1960s.
Technicians sit in what is called the 'pulpit', mostly playing a monitoring role, watching for warning signs such as spikes in temperature or pressure.
employees maintain equipment or retool the plant for various wire gauges—hundreds of variations ranging from 4.5 millimeters to 60 millimeters.
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.
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.