In 1825, Johann Matthäus Voith took over his father’s fitter’s workshop with just 5 employees. In 1830, he was engaged in the construction of a paper mill machine with Johann Jakob Widmann, industrial pioneer and founder of the German paper machine industry. Today, Voith is one of the larger family owned companies in Europe, with 37.000 employees and more than 270 operating sites.
The only foundry in the group, located in Brazil near Sao Paolo, is a driving force for casting innovations. Consequently, the foundry has been using MAGMASOFT® for casting optimization for more than 12 years. The Voith foundry is known for its co
mpetence and quality in making carbon and stainless steel castings, gray and ductile iron. In Latin America, the foundry is also the largest manufacturer of hydropower components, with recognized references as a supplier of strategic cast components for power plants all over the world – amongst them for Itaipu, Brazil/Paraguay and Three Gorges project in China. For a 12 ton Kaplan blade, Voith originally only performed a solidification simulation. The results did not indicate any critical defects.