In response to the current level of orders in the long steel sector, voestalpine is now once again operating two blast furnaces at the site in Donawitz. One of the two furnaces, which have an annual pig iron production capacity of around 750,000 tonnes and underwent scheduled interim repairs during summer 2020, was restarted in order to meet the growth in demand. The current market situation is stimulating demand for pre materials in the Metal Engineering Division’s business segments, making it necessary to restart the second blast furnace in Donawitz.
The two furnaces at the site in Styria have a joint annual capacity of around 1.5 million tonnes of pig iron. Following the restart, all five voestalpine Group blast furnaces are now in operation, including those in Linz which have a total combined annual production capacity of around 5 million tonnes of pig iron.
voestalpine however cautioned “Due to the coronavirus pandemic and continued lockdown measures in many countries, the economic outlook for the coming months remains extremely uncertain.”