Forgemasters seals $3m US contract

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Sheffield Forgemasters has won a $3 million contract to supply pressure vessel components to a large, US-based, global chemicals manufacturer.

Brightside Lane-based Forgemasters will make forged shells, liners and heads for large-scale pressure vessels, designed to operate under high stresses, making polyethylene.

Forgemasters has many years of experience of making large, complex petrochemical pressure vessels, but this is the first order of its type for the US market.

Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering’s sales director Martin Brear says that considerable potential could be opened up for them in US markets, thanks to this.

“This is a significant order as it demonstrates this company’s expertise in capitalising on a diverse range of markets through the provision of proven technical manufacture,” said Mr Brear.

Forgemasters’ contract involves supplying rough-machined forgings, but it is currently in discussions with its unnamed client which could lead to it machining and pressure-testing the completed assemblies under a separate contract.

The Sheffield company is to begin by sending three forgings weighing a total of 170 tonnes to its client in Texas by the spring of next year.

The project could be completed by November 2013.