Sheffield Forgemasters' unique casting capabilities have secured
a German order contract with a value in excess of €2m.
The company beat international competition, including
organisations in Asia, to win the multi-million euro order from
Schuler Pressen GmbH to manufacture components for the
construction of a screw press.
The 300 tonne table and 288 tonne headpiece will be completed on
site at Sheffield Forgemasters' (SFIL) Brightside Lane base before
Michael Holloway, senior sales manager at SFIL, said: "SFIL has
a long standing working relationship with Müller Weingarten AG,
which in 2011 merged with Schuler Pressen GmbH & Co. KG into
Schuler Pressen GmbH.
"We have worked on similar projects in the past with this
client, however these pieces are much heavier, and they will be
finished completely in-house.
"Sheffield Forgemasters is one of the few facilities in the UK
with the physical capacity to finish machine the components."
"In addition, Forgemasters' foundry is also the only one in
Europe which can produce castings of this size and weight.
"Schuler Pressen will use these components to construct a screw
press which will then be used in the manufacture of automotive
The contract is due for completion by September 2013.
SFIL has a long history of providing complex components for use
in the construction of presses.
In 2005, the company made history with the casting of a forging
press traverse for SMS Meer, on behalf of Austrian company Böhler
Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co, which weighed 340 tonnes and was the
largest steel casting made in Europe.
In 2007, a £2.5m contract with Müller Weingarten AG, now Schuler
Pressen GmbH, required SFIL to cast components for the largest
counterblow hammer in the world, with a total combined weight of