11 Apr New casting contract for Sheffield Forgemasters

Sheffield Forgemasters International has won a contract with Ajax-Ceco, an American press manufacturer.

Sheffield Forgemasters International beat off Korean competition to win the casting contract worth one million pounds.

Michael Holloway, senior sales manager at Sheffield Forgemasters said “Winning the Ajax casting contract against strong overseas competition and harsh market conditions is purely down to our quality and technical manufacturing skills.” He added “We put a considerable body of work into modelling the casting ahead of a visit from the customer and this threw up some design modifications which were beneficial.” Forgemasters will use 550 tonnes of liquid steel to the cast the press frame – which will measure almost 13m in length, 3.3m wide and 3.2m deep.

The project aims to be completed by early 2017.

Mr Holloway added, “This, combined with our history of delivering press frames to exacting specifications, including prior castings manufacture work with Ajax, was crucial to securing the work. “The frame will take several weeks to cool after the casting has been poured before it can be lifted from the pit and it will undergo heat treatments and machining work to incredibly fine tolerances prior to despatch.”

As reported to Engineering Capacity 

Angela Mason
Angela Mason