HERSTA – The Specialist for High-quality Steel


Do your products require more than just standard quality and durability?

Do you have rigorous criteria regarding purity, strength and ultrasonic testing of your raw material?

Are you looking for special steels that you cannot find on the market?

 Then we are the right partner for you!

 In addition to numerous special steels from our extensive 20,000-ton product line

we can also supply you with conventional materials, produced mainly in Germany and Europe – of above-standard quality.


Our 60 highly qualified employees draw on our broad range of raw materials and utilize our diverse processing capabilities and additional other services to offer you a customized, high-quality product – which increases the value added of your own products!

14CrMoV6-9  |  1.7735

15CrMoV5-9  |  1.8521

31CrMoV9  |  1.8519

34CrAlNi7-10  |  1.8550


Nitriding steels have a special chemical composition that ensures optimum nitriding treatment after machining. Introducing nitrogen into the surface layer makes it possible to create surface hardness exceeding 1,000 HV, which increases resistance to wear and corrosion, while the core remains ductile with little material distortion. This is achieved by optimizing the composition of the alloying elements molybdenum, chromium, aluminum and/or vanadium. Nitriding steels are typically used in the plastics industry for cylinders, piston rods and worm screws as well as for spindles in machine tools.

15NiCr13  |  1.5752

17CrNi6-6  |  1.5918

18CrNi8  |  1.5920

18CrNiMo7-6  |  1.6587

16MnCr5  |  1.7131

20MnCr5  |  1.7147


This type of steel is case hardened after machining by diffusing carbon into the surface layer. This produces high surface hardness while the material retains a ductile core. The achievable degree of toughness and ductility of the core (in particular at low temperatures) depends on the composition of the alloy. As a rule, case hardened steels are subjected to an annealing or a pre-hardening and tempering process at the production site to ensure good machinability. They are used for components subject to high levels of wear and high impact loads, such as gears and bolts. Case hardened steels are not suitable for ambient temperatures above 200°C because their surface hardness begins to decrease at these temperatures.

37MnSi5  |  1.5122

30CrNiMo8  |  1.6580

34CrNiMo6  |  1.6582

35NiCrMoV12-5 | 1.6959

34Cr4  |  1.7033

41Cr4  |  1.7035

25CrMo4  |  1.7218

34CrMo4  |  1.7220

42CrMo4  |  1.7225

50CrMo4  |  1.7228

30CrMoV9  |  1.7707

51CrV4  |  1.8159


The carbon content of quenched and tempered steels usually ranges between 0.2% and 0.6%. The grade ultimately chosen depends on the desired balance between strength and ductility (based on the cross-section of the component) required for the respective application. Relevant factors include the chemical composition of the material, its thermal treatment and the operating temperature of the finished component. Quenched and tempered steels are either soft annealed or quenched and tempered at the production site. After prehardening, this steel does not usually require further heat treatment after machining. Quenched and tempered steels are used for crankshafts, axles, shafts, connecting rods, bolts and screws.

ZF1  |  1.5918

ZF1A  |  1.6587

ZF7B  |  1.7168


ZF steels have been specially standardized and patented by ZF Friedrichshafen AG. They are usually based on standard steels that the company ZF Friedrichshafen AG has adapted to its own requirements. Such adaptations include the chemical composition, thermal treatment, reduction ratio and ultrasonic testing. The precise specifications depend on the respective application and are based on numerous ZF standards. For instance, marine drive technology requires different materials than those used in industrial gear trains. Only steel works audited by ZF Friedrichshafen AG are allowed to produce case-hardened steels adhering to ZF Friedrichshafen AG standards.

100Cr6  |  1.3505

100CrMo7-3  |  1.3536


Through-hardened ball and roller bearing steels have a carbon content of approximately 1%. By annealing steel components after machining it is possible to achieve a surface hardness of up to 60 HRC. To ensure good machinability despite a comparatively high carbon content, ball and roller bearing steels are subjected to a special annealing process at the production site. This “annealing to speroidal cementite” is known as AC or spheroidizing annealing. Due to their high resistance to wear, ball and roller bearing steels are used to manufacture ball bearings, roller bearings, anti-friction bearings, worm gears, linear guides and ball screws. For these purposes it is absolutely essential that the raw material has a high degree of purity.

24CrMo5  |  1.7258

25CrMo4  |  1.7218

13CrMo4-5  |  1.7335

21CrMoV5-7  |  1.7709


High temperature steels are used in applications subject to high temperatures. Special chemical analyses and high tempering temperatures are used to anneal the steel to prevent a decrease in strength under high temperatures in the intended application and over longer periods of time. Some of the high temperature quenched and tempered steels we stock can be used at temperatures of up to 530°C. High temperature steels are typically used in the construction of power stations and pressure vessels. Strict criteria must often be met to ensure compliance with specifications of the German pressure equipment code and the European Pressure Equipment Directive.

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