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A day with a ladle maker/caster

As ladle makers and caster, we prepare the steel ladles for melting, pour the steel into the ingot molds and then take care of the ladles so that they can be reused again. A typical day looks like this: At the beginning of each shift, we prepare for the following tasks. The most important thing for us to do is to review the ladle folders and sheets – these documents specify which steel ladle is needed next, or what tasks are due. We prepare everything necessary for casting, such as the inert gas rings and sometimes also the casting powder […]

A day with Mirco Venetz

HI! I’m Mirco Venetz and today I get to tell you how diverse and exciting a day at the steel mill can be for an apprentice. Starting at our electric arc furnace where scrap is melted, then moving on to secondary steelmaking, all the way to the casting pit. Currently I’m working at the (what we call it) “new steel mill” with the ladle furnaces. Here’s what my day there looks like: Start of my day My day starts at 6.30 am at the time clock – just a bit after the start of the regular shift time. Then I […]

Breitenfeld takes central role in recycling!

Citizens of the European Union generate over 25 million tons of plastic waste each year, but unfortunately less than 30% of it is recycled. Worldwide, plastic accounts for 85% of all the waste found on beaches. Plastic prevention strategies that have been drafted over the past years did lead to improvements, but for sustainably recovering our environment the new “Plastics Strategy Universalis 2021” has been published in Brussels today. According to these plans, all plastic bags will be banned from the retail market in Europe, starting 2022! As a replacement, Europe is going to count on high-quality stainless steel that […]

Covid-19 update (November 2020)

Covid-19 update: Austria in lockdown – Breitenfeld continues to produce Starting Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Austria will take strict measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Strict health measures to protect our employees will continue to be implemented at Breitenfeld Edelstahl in order to maintain the supply chain in the usual manner. Even in these difficult times Breitenfeld continues to produce without restrictions and provides you with the service you expect! Breitenfeld Edelstahl – The stable and independent partner for the future. Stay healthy!


The successful 5S method in Breitenfeld

The Breitenfeld family’s mindset needs to evolve around continuous improvement. Therefore, we strive for Operational Excellence in each of our processes in order to guide our company successfully through a challenging market environment, thus securing jobs and a long-term development. 5s sort set in order shine standardize sustain breitenfeld edelstahl agThe 5S methodology consists of five consecutive steps that allow each team to organize their workspace for a maximum of process efficiency. 5S is not simply a project that has a start and an end, but a continual improvement process that evaluates current standards and aims at optimizing workflows and […]

Schiene statt Straße

Literally back on track

Companies in Upper Styria are now counting on the power of domestic rail transport From road to rail: In Upper Styria, the two exemplary companies Breitenfeld Edelstahl and CNC specialist Heldeco are successively shifting their delivery of goods from the road to the more sustainable option, the rails. During a visit from OEBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) the first steps in this project have been made – including technology co-operations. The foundation for tomorrow’s technology is being developed in the colossal industrial furnace of Breitenfeld Edelstahl. Around 130,000 tons of high-quality stainless steel are produced, and mainly exported, for the […]

Arbeitssicherheit Breitenfeld Edelstahll AG Klaro und Klara

We’re no guardian angels – but definitely role models

Hi Klara and Klaro! Welcome to the Breitenfeld family. Please describe your new job real quick! Klara: There are hardly any other places in which occupational safety is more important than in the steel industry. However, in your daily work routine, you sometimes lose focus which might lead to accidents. From now on, we’re here to help all members of the Breitenfeld family get through their day safely and return home healthy. How do you plan on doing that? Klaro: From now on, you can find us everywhere – in our company magazine “Der Stahlbote”, on the intranet, our website […]


Recycling management & conservation of resources

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism has laid down the necessity of ­waste avoidance, recycling management and resource conservation.  We at Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG contribute significantly to the issue of recycling management by processing metallic waste (scrap). The waste generated during steel production is to a large extent reintroduced into the production process through processing measures. To name a few examples of our recycling management and resource conservation measures in Breitenfeld: Smelting waste: The smelting waste consists mainly of waste from the casting areas. This includes sands, casting ceramics, casting powder and dusts, as well as a metallic […]

From old to new

Recycling is a very touchy subject in the production of stainless steel. In the electric arc furnace at Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG (the biggest in Austria), electricity is used to recycle scrap. A large part (up to 90%) of the raw material we use for the production are materials that are recycled. This makes topics like environment and sustainability very important for our production and in other areas of our company, as well. For this reason and because of our desire to strengthen cooperation projects with local companies in our region, we bring our IT hardware to re.use-electro. pro mente steiermark […]

COVID-19 Corona Virus: No critical problems for the supply chain of Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG

With reference to the current regulation of the Federal Government regarding containment of the corona virus, the following statement or measures are done by Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG: We assure our customers that the production and supply chain of Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG fully meets the government’s requirements. We adapt to the new situation and try to maintain the uninterrupted service for our customers in compliance with the legal requirements. We have immediately implemented all applicable and possible activities to ensure the integrity and continuity of the business. In addition, we have implemented strict health measures that have been communicated to all […]

How I became a metallurgist and metal forming engineer

Since I started my apprenticeship I have been able to enhance my knowledge in the different areas of our company. I started out at the forge training workshop for a two-month basic course during which I learnt basic skills, such as filing, sawing, welding, drilling and forging. This was followed by two months in the laboratory where I gained deeper insights into the processing of samples, working with analytical devices, the methods of analysing the composition of our steel and the treatment of our water for and after various processes. After I had completed my first year of vocational school, […]

First Breitenfeld Health Day

Maintaining and promoting good health! Workplace health promotion is an essential part of the philosophy at Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG. Exercise and therapy programs are continuously offered to our employees, and we run regular workplace checks with regards to occupational safety and health protection. This year’s highlight was the first Breitenfeld Health Day on September 19. The offered services ranged from presentations and activity stations to individual consultations about prevention and health. Our partners Merkur Lifestyle GmbH, VAMED, Hot Pot, HLW Krieglach, Trauner Zelte and Elektro Graff contributed to the great success of this event. At various stations, employees had to […]

Changes in the Executive Board of Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG

The last couple months since the merger of the Breitenfeld Group to Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG have been as intensive as they have been successful. Sales in the ingot and bar steel business sectors could be significantly increased in terms of value and volume. As a result of this extremely positive development additional investments and the decision to further expand our special steel plant were made. These large-scale investments amounted to more than EUR 6 million and included a third electro-slag remelting plant with the appropriate infrastructure, such as annealing furnace, tilting device and an electrode welding plant. These new investments […]

Sustainability, environment, industry

The aim of every manufacturing company must be the production in the requested quality with minimum use of resources and time – this is in the company’s own interest and is also its responsibility towards the environment and fellow human beings. The biggest challenges in the steel industry are ensuring resource- and thus cost-efficient production in order to compete on the global scene in the long run. This includes the efficient use of raw materials and energy as well as making sure there is a constructive and positive corporate culture which makes employees commit themselves to the company for a […]

Arbeitsschutz mit Goldvisier

Occupational safety with gold-plated visors

The safety of our employees is our top priority, and therefore we are constantly working on preventing accidents in advance and on increasing occupational safety in our daily routines. In the metal-processing industry, occupational safety with coated surfaces is often used to protect employees from excessive exposure to radiant heat. Helmets with a gold visor offer protection against IR and radiant heat, that occur when working near melting furnaces and ladles. Gold-coated helmets are not only used in steel mills but also in aerospace.

TRIGOS Award Steiermark 2019

We receive the coveted sustainability award TRIGOS Styria 2019

TRIGOS is Austria’s award for a responsible management and has since 2004 been presented to companies that assume a leading role and set an example for responsible management and sustainability. TRIGOS stands for projects that contribute to sustainability of the Austrian economy, society and environment. Several Austrian companies have worked on, submitted and been nominated for innovative and trendsetting projects, initiatives and strategies in the past fourteen years. This year, we received the renowned TRIGOS Styria 2019 award for our project Recycling economy in the steel industry at the TRIGOS gala in the former university of Graz. The Breitenfeld family […]


A statement for climate protection

With energy efficiency and recycling we are a making a statement for climate protection 🌍 Article in “Obersteirische Nachrichten”, issued May 29./31. on page 31 (in German) In order to preserve a planet worth living for future generations it is necessary to use energy and resources as sparingly as possible. Everybody needs to take action – from citizens to industrial plants. In the electric arc furnace at Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG (the biggest in Austria), electricity is used to recycle scrap. Efficiency is a top priority there: As little energy as possible should be used to produce each ton of steel. Time […]

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Nomination for the TRIGOS Styria Award

We are nominated for the TRIGOS Styria Award in the category Exemplary projects! 🍀 All TRIGOS Styria 2019 nominees (in German) The aim of every manufacturing company must be the production in the requested quality with minimum use of resources and time – this is in the company’s own interest and also its responsibility towards the environment and fellow human beings. The biggest challenges in the steel industry are ensuring resource- and thus cost-efficient production in order to compete on the global scene in the long run. This includes the efficient use of raw materials and energy as well as […]

Aktuelle Jobs Industrie Obersteiermark

Join our world!

Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG is a specialist supplier of stainless steels and forged products. An essential part for achieving success in any company are highly skilled professionals. The foundation of our competence and of our demands for quality and service is the high qualification of our employees. This is why we offer our employees training opportunities, appropriate chances for career development and an interesting work environment. In order to be able to meet our high demands today and in the future, we need excellent team members. Do you want to become a team player in Breitenfeld? Apply and become a part […]

Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG is one of Austria’s Top 10 employers 2019

This spring, TREND Magazine selected Austria’s 300 best employers for 2019. Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG made it into the Top 10 Best Employers in Austria, is industry winner in the category “Raw materials, energy, supply and disposal” and also the best employer in Styria. “Top Employers 2019” is a list of 300 Austrian companies that have been selected for their success as excellent employers by the business magazine trend in cooperation with the employer rating platform kununu and Statista, an online portal for statistics. In order to determine the best employers in Austria, the willingness to recommend one’s own employer was […]