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60 years of the Linz-Donawitz process: innovation from Austria dominates global steel production

11 June 2012

Austrian steel group voestalpine is investing a record-breaking amount of EUR 132 million in research this year. 60 years have passed since the trailblazing Linz-Donawitz process was developed and the group intends to continue to extend its technological advantage.

For many decades there has been no viable alternative to the Linz-Donawitz (LD) process from Austria when producing steel from pig iron. And even today – 60 years since its invention – this process is used to make 70% of the steel produced worldwide. The “once-in-a-century” invention was the original basis for the Austrian steel company voestalpine's leading position in metallurgy.

Today, the group is a global high-tech player with international technology and quality leadership in demanding product segments. At the same time voestalpine is Austria’s most research-intensive company: in the business year 2012/13 the R&D budget will reach record levels of EUR 132 million, representing a EUR 10 million increase on the previous year.

voestalpine is a globally active group with a variety of specialized and flexible companies for high-quality steel products. The group is represented by 360 production and sales companies in more than 60 countries and is one of Europe's leading partners to the automotive, white goods, and energy industries. Furthermore, voestalpine is the world market leader in turnout technology, tool steel, and special sections, as well as number one in Europe in the production of rails.