Voestalpine to spend €100m on galv lines

Voestalpine says it will invest almost €100 million ($103m) in the expansion of the hot-dip galvanizing lines at its Linz site.

The investment will make it possible to further increase the production quality of zinc-coated and uncoated cold-rolled strip products. It will also allow the site to significantly increase the volume of ultra-high-strength steels. Kallanish hears from the Austrian company.

It says the expansion of the line is a key factor in its future high-strength strategy. The investment will enable voestalpine to produce all major steel grades used in the premium automotive industry, which have to meet the most stringent quality requirements, it explains.

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.

Construction work will start in August at HDG line 4; the technological ramp-up is scheduled for 2025/26. The modernisation of all HDG lines is expected to be completed in 2027.

Christian Koehl Germany