Austrian steel maker Voestalpine announced that around four years after the official groundbreaking ceremony in 2018, construction of the new special steel plant at the Voestalpine site in Kapfenberg is now complete. The plant will gradually start operating this summer, with intermittent parallel operations using the existing electric steel mill beginning in the fall. The facility, which will produce 205,000 tonnes of special steel for the international aerospace, oil & natural gas, automotive and tool making industries annually, represents a technological milestone in terms of digitalization and sustainability for the High Performance Metals Division of the voestalpine Group. The newly constructed special steel plant, which will replace the existing voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG plant in Kapfenberg, is designed to produce premium quality pre-materials for the production of aircraft components, tools for the automotive industry, equipment for oil & natural gas extraction, and the 3D printing of highly complex metal parts. The first facilities are already undergoing cold testing.The state-of-the-art plant is setting international standards for digitalized production processes. Around 8,000 process data will be simultaneously recorded, implemented, and evaluated on an ongoing basis. Due to the high degree of digitalization, excellently trained specialists are needed to control the machinery and analyze the data. Employees gain the necessary qualifications in robotics, sensor technology, and data analysis at our own Digitalization Competence Center. In all, the new special steel plant will secure around 3,000 jobs at the Styrian voestalpine sites in Kapfenberg and Mürzzuschlag.