Sheffield Forgemasters wins million pound US casting contract

Published: 5 April 2016

Sheffield Forgemasters has beaten Korean competition to win a casting contract worth one million pounds.

Sheffield Forgemasters won the contract with Ajax-Ceco, an American press manufacturer, based on its quality of production and developmental input into the design of the frame.

It will require 550 tonnes of liquid steel to cast the press frame, which will measure almost 13m in length, 3.5m wide and 3.2m deep and completion of the project, including final machining, is expected by early 2017.

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.

“We put a considerable body of work into modeling the casting ahead of a visit from the customer and this threw up some design modifications which were beneficial.

“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.”

The frame will form part of an expansion to the fully automated Southwest Steel Processing LLC forging plant in Newport, Arkansas. Southwest Steel Processing LLC is a 75% -25% joint venture between Park Ohio Industries based in Cleveland Ohio and Arkansas Steel Associates, based in Newport Arkansas.