Double success for Forgemasters

Opportunity: Sheffield Forgemasters' chief exective, Dr Graham Honeyman, second right and forge manager Ryan Edmonds with Indian government ministers and Bharat Heavy Electricals management, during a recent visit.
Opportunity: Sheffield Forgemasters' chief exective, Dr Graham Honeyman, second right and forge manager Ryan Edmonds with Indian government ministers and Bharat Heavy Electricals management, during a recent visit.
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Sheffield Forgemasters has beaten global competition to clinch a major castings contract.

The success comes as the company also celebrates helping an Indian engineering giant to boost manufacturing efficiency by a third.

Brightside Lane-based Forgemasters has won a €2 million (£1.7 million) order from German company Schuler Pressen to make a 300 tonne table and 288 tonne headpiece for a screw press for making automotive parts.

Forgemasters’ senior sales manager, Michael Holloway, said: “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.”

Meanwhile, in India, Delhi-based Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) is seeing the benefits of a £30 million, 10 year deal it signed with Forgemasters 18 months ago.

Under the deal, Forgemasters is helping BHEL – one of the largest engineering and manufacturing companies in India – to build new steel making and forging facilities to make forgings for power generation projects serving India’s domestic market.

Forgemasters is also providing expertise which has helped BHEL to boost efficiency and is expected to result in a further 10 per cent improvement over the next 12 months.

BHEL’s chairman and managing director, Shri B P Rao, said: “Forgemasters is a world renowned company and we are benefiting greatly from their expertise and high standard of work.”

Forgemasters chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman, added: “The Indian power generation market is providing us with a unique opportunity to extend our reach and benefit from sharing our knowledge and skills.”