voestalpine Commissions SMS Group to Supply the Main Melting Units for the New Special Steel Plant in Kapfenberg
Since the official ground-breaking ceremony in April 2018, preparations for the construction of the world’s most advanced special steel plant in Kapfenberg/AT have been progressing rapidly.
By awarding the contract for the electric arc furnace, the converter, and the secondary metallurgical systems – which represent the technological core of the plant – voestalpine has taken another important step in realizing the project. The SMS Group, based in Dusseldorf/DE will be responsible for engineering, process technology, and start-up of the fully automated melting system, which will begin production in 2021. The key partners for the subsequent process systems, such as the entire casting area, and for the construction of the hall will be commissioned in the next few months. voestalpine will invest up to EUR 350 million, which will secure around 3000 jobs at the Kapfenberg location in the long term. Preparatory work on the 50 000 m² site is progressing rapidly. Construction of the access road and the assembly sites will be completed by fall. After the 3-year construction phase, the high-tech plant will produce around 205 000 t of high-performance steels annually for the international automotive, aviation, oil and gas industries.