The voestalpine Group is expanding its special steel activities in the promising Chinese market, targeting the Chinese premium market with its EUR 140 million investment in Yinchuan (Ningxia province). Working together with local company Kocel Machinery Co., LTD, the new special steel plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. It will produce highest-quality tool steels and forged materials for the automotive, consumer goods, and mechanical engineering industries. “This investment is another important step in fulfilling our internationalization strategy. We can set new standards in China with our know-how, particularly in the premium special steel segment, and extend our leadership position in the high-alloyed tool steel sector further,” explains Franz Rotter, Member of the Management Board of voestalpine AG and Head of the Special Steel Division.
In future, the new Chinese plant will produce between 50,000 and 70,000 tons of high-quality special steel products each year when operating at full capacity. voestalpine partner Kocel Machinery Co., LTD, is part of the international Kocel Group, and with a staff of 1,000 employees it generates annual revenue of around EUR 55 million in China, the USA, and Europe. The company is specialized in iron and steel casting for the mining and power generation machine sectors, and has been a production partner in China to voestalpine Gießerei Linz GmbH, for many years.
Special Steel Division
The voestalpine Special Steel Division is focused on technologically sophisticated materials and customer-specific services. It is a global market leader for tool steel and one of the leading providers of high-speed steel and special forgings. The most important customer segments are the automotive, energy (both production and oil/natural gas exploration), and mechanical engineering industries as well as the consumer goods and aerospace industries. In the business year 2013/14, the division reported revenue of more than EUR 2.6 billion, of which around 40% was generated outside of Europe, and an operating result (EBITDA) of EUR 360 million. It has around 12,900 employees worldwide.