Sheffield Forgemasters showcases innovation to China

Published: 20 July 2015

Sheffield Forgemasters has showcased its skills at the forefront of technology and innovation in steel to senior managers from Chinese industrial and academic organisations.

The nine strong delegation visited Sheffield Forgemasters at the end of a week long visit to the UK coinciding with the prestigious manufacturing industry Charles Hatchett Awards dinner and seminar earlier in the week.

The theme of this year’s seminar was the innovative use of stainless steels across a range of applications and the organisers Beta Technology saw a visit to Forgemasters as a suitable and insightful finale to their trip.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters said: "China has been a trading partner of this company for more than 30 years and continues to play an immensely important role in Forgemasters' overseas links.

"The visit gives us an opportunity to showcase the many developments and initiatives we have put in place and the heavy investment we have made into research and development and new technologies since the management buyout in 2005."

Visitors included Li Jianmin, director at the Technology Center of TISCO; Shang Chengjia, professor at the University of Science and Technology Beijing; Dong Wenbo, senior researcher at Baosteel Stainless Steel Company Ltd; Yang Weihao, senior engineer at Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Company Ltd; Luo Xinghong, professor at the Institute of Metal Research and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Also attending were Tan Shuping, director at the Research Institute of Harbin Boiler Company Ltd; Liu Zhengdong, professor at the China Iron & Steel Research Institute Group; Guo Aimin, chief engineer at CITIC Metal Company Ltd and Zhang Wei, senior manager at CITIC Metal Company Ltd.

The delegates, joined by Beta Technology's director Jayne Evans, principal consultant Peter Morris, and consultant Lynsey Greenwood and Mariana Perez, technology development engineer at CBMM, were given a tour of Sheffield Forgemasters before having a lunch and guided tour of The Cutlers Hall in Sheffield.

Jayne Evans said: “The annual Charles Hatchett Award plays an important role in the promotion of excellence in metallurgy and its application in new technologies. Sheffield Forgemasters is a leading example in this respect and we all found the visit extremely valuable, as well as it raising the profile of UK capability to an international delegation. Many thanks to the team from Sheffield Forgemasters for their hospitality”.

The Charles Hatchett Award was created in 1979 and is bestowed annually on the authors of the best work published on the science and technology of niobium and its alloys.

Brazilian nobium supplier CBMM has sponsored this award since its inception with the objective of promoting niobium and its applications.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London grants the medal, which is minted in niobium and bears the likeness of the man who discovered Element 41.

Pic caption: Senior managers from Chinese industrial and academic organisations visit Sheffield Forgemasters.