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voestalpine group opens new production facility in Georgia, USA

April 23, 2014

The voestalpine Group’s 17th production site in the United States began operation on April 22, 2014 in Cartersville, GA.

voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc., a subsidiary of the Metal Forming Division, is manufacturing ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers in Cartersville/Georgia. This EUR 50 million investment (about USD 70 million) will create 220 jobs. It completes the first phase of the Group’s extensive internationalization program in the automotive sector. Since 2012, voestalpine has invested over EUR 100 million (USD 140 million) in new plants in China, Germany, Romania, South Africa, and the USA. Additional plants and expanded capacity are in the planning stage.

Several European and Asian automotive manufacturers have chosen the southern parts of the USA for productions sites. The city of Cartersville is located in the State of Georgia about 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) northwest of Atlanta. In the future, it will be the center of voestalpine’s automotive activities in North America in terms of maximum site efficiency. phs-ultraform components and stamped press parts will be assembled at the new plant. Laser-welded blanks and other spare parts for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) will also be produced there in the future.

The Metal Forming Division is a leading global provider of high-quality metal processing solutions, in particular special tubes and sections, precision strip steel as well as complex components for the automotive industry. It has five business units: Tubes & Sections is a leading global manufacturer of highest quality tubes, profiles, and precision steel tube products; Automotive Body Parts is a direct supplier of innovative, high quality pressed parts in the body-in-white segment to the automotive industry