MORE than 1,100 tonnes of molten steel will be used to create two massive castings which will equal the largest ever made in Europe.
Sheffield Forgemasters, the heavy engineering specialist, is casting the components – weighing a staggering 340 tonnes each – for German client SMS Meer. They will be used in some of the world's largest mechanical forging presses.
The company made engineering history in 2005 with the casting of a forging press traverse for the same client, on behalf of Austrian company Böhler. It weighed 340 tonnes and was the largest steel casting made in Europe.
The Brightside Lane-based company equalled the feat in 2006 when it cast the foundation platen for the Korea Iron and Steel Company open-die forging press in South Korea, also weighing in at 340 tonnes, on behalf of SMS Meer.
Forgemasters is now set to repeat both of these castings, with a combined value of almost £10m. They are destined for presses in China and Germany to service the automotive and power generation industries.
In another Forgemasters story story appearing in the Sheffield Star Sheffield Forgemasters has been locked in talks with Whitehall officials about how to raise the cash needed to build Europe's biggest forging press.
An estimated 200 new jobs would be created at the Brightside Lane plant if the finance for a giant 15,000 tonne forging press can be raised.
Another 200 jobs would be created among Forgemasters' suppliers.
Currently, Forgemasters has the capacity to build around a quarter of the components required in the next generation of nuclear reactors, which will be used in up to eight new UK power stations.
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