US contract for Forgemasters

Manufacturing quality has won Sheffield Forgemasters a multi-million pound American steel castings order, beating off competition from Asia.

The order, for three hot-metal mill-housing castings weighing between 150 and 275 tonnes for the ATI Allegheny Ludlum (an Allegheny Technologies company) advanced hot-rolling and processing facility in Pennsylvania, was awarded by Siemens VAI based on the extremely high quality of the Forgemasters castings, unmatched by Asian competition.

The contract firmly re-establishes Forgemasters in the metal rolling mills market for the USA, a geographic market which it hasn’t operated in for some years.

Mick Holloway, senior sales manager at Forgemasters, said: “Securing a foothold into the market for rolling mills within the United States is a key strategic lead for Forgemasters.

“This is an existing market, which the company has supplied to in previous years, but changes in technology and Forgemasters’ development of castings and ultra-large castings through a dedicated research and development programme, enables us to produce components which far exceed the quality offered by competitors.’’

The company has supplied some of the largest single steel castings in the world and has the capacity to pour up to 600 tonnes of molten steel in a continuous pour.