£9m Russian deal for Forgemasters

A large back-up roll at Sheffield Forgemasters ' destined for the Russian market
A large back-up roll at Sheffield Forgemasters ' destined for the Russian market
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Sheffield Forgemasters has secured contracts for forged steel rolls with Russia worth more than £9m.

The order, for more than 170 rolls for delivery in 2015, is from Russian steel producing giants, Severstal and Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works and the rolls will be used in the production of steel for the automotive industry.

It builds on decades of trade between the South Yorkshire heavy engineering specialist and Russia - and comes after a £12m order for castings from German SMS group in September.

Dr Steve Price, Forgemasters sales director, said: “Winning these contracts is a great coup for Sheffield Forgemasters and comes after several years of difficult trading conditions in the global forgings and castings industry, which is still having a negative effect for many businesses.

“We are the world’s largest supplier of steel rolls into Russia and it is a great testament to our sales team here, our Russian agent, Brightwell, and the strength of our manufacturing excellence that both Severstal and MMK continue to place high value orders here in the UK.”

The order is for ‘work rolls’ about 1ft in diameter which are used to flatten cold steel plate to form sheets used in cars, trucks and white goods.

It also includes 6ft diameter ‘back-up rolls’ weighing up to 200 tonnes used to apply pressure to work rolls.

Dr Price added: “We will be supplying more than 170 rolls in total and the contracts will provide a healthy amount of work for our heavy forge, machine shops and work rolls departments which are all based at Brightside Lane in Sheffield.

“Following on from our recent £12m contract wins with the German SMS group to provide some of the largest castings that we have ever been asked to manufacture, the Russian rolls order positions us well for the 2014/2015 financial year .

“B ut it would be too early to say whether this is indicative of any upturn in the global economic slump.”

Sheffield Forgemasters is a world leader in the supply of steel rolls and the only UK company capable of forging back-up rolls, weighing more than 200 tonnes.