voestalpine Böhler Welding is a leading manufacturer and worldwide supplier of filler metals for industrial welding, cladding, hardfacing and brazing applications. It is fully owned by Austria's speciality steel manufacturer, voestalpine. An integrated part of its business strategy is to provide advanced steel and welding solutions under one roof.
With around 2,200 employees, 40 subsidiaries in 28 countries and 1,000 distribution partners, voestalpine Böhler Welding is active worldwide, supplying the most demanding industries such as oil and gas upstream and downstream, power generation, chemical processing and transportation vehicles. Where needed, voestalpine Böhler Welding application technicians and welding engineers support customers around the globe with extensive knowledge, always striving to provide sound and economic metallurgical solutions for their welding challenges. This customer focus is also reflected in research and development, which is driven by industry and customer requirements.
For the oil and gas upstream segment, voestalpine Böhler Welding supplies a complete range of best-in-class consumables tailored to industry-specific requirements.
The product range covers the strength and impact requirements, including CTOD, for ABS structural offshore steel grades up to ABS EQ70 and comparable qualities used for offshore structures, such as fixed platforms, jack-up rigs, SPARs, semi-submersibles, FPSOs, FPOs and FPUs. An example is the range of filler metals with <1% nickel in their all-weld metal composition to comply with the NACE MR0175 requirement for SSC safe service in sour environments. Consumables for hydrogen-critical applications fall in AWS-class H4, and are protected by special moisture-tight packaging to prevent hydrogen-induced/hydrogen-assisted cracking. A highlight in this product range is Böhler's seamless cored wires, offering the best protection against hydrogen reabsorption in flux-cored arc welding (FCAW).
The company's product programme covers all materials used for subsea production equipment, such as drilling strings, casings, BOPs, Christmas trees, manifolds and risers, and for pumping, compression and separation of raw oil and gas. These include stainless steels (austenitic, martensitic, duplex and super duplex) non-ferrous materials (copper, nickel, aluminium, titanium), weld cladding with corrosion and wear-resistant alloys using all main welding processes (shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, FCAW, metal-cored arc welding, submerged arc welding, electroslag welding), as well as finishing chemicals for the maintenance of stainless steels.
voestalpine Böhler Welding is involved in the LNG industry with advanced products and welding procedures for the safe and efficient construction of typical LNG transport, storage and handling installations.
The range of LNG welding consumables covers all main arc-welding processes and construction materials commonly used in the fabrication of LNG installations, such as 5-9% nickel low-temperature steel, austenitic stainless steel, dissimilar joints, nickel-base alloys and aluminium.
Material specifications play a crucial role in the success and integrity of on and offshore pipeline construction, especially in low-temperature and sour-service applications. voestalpine Böhler Welding offers a full range of cellulosic and basic vertical-down and vertical-up electrodes, as well as solid, flux and metal-cored wires for semi-automatic and fully mechanised welding, self-shielded flux-cored wires, and submerged arc wires and fluxes for steel grades up to X100. Consumables for martensitic, austenitic, duplex and corrosion-resistant alloys (CRA) are readily available. NACE and CTOD tests have been carried out with a wide range of our products.
The company's global quality and HSEE function ensures the implementation and maintenance of a multisite management system comprising ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. In addition, voestalpine Böhler Welding is committed to implement ISO 50001 standards for all European manufacturing plants.