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UK - Forgemasters win China contract

Sheffield Forgemasters International has won a £1.75m contract to make giant castings for a massive plate mill, destined for Russia.

The Brightside Lane firm is making four castings that will be bolted together to create the housing for the mill, which is being built by German steel plant manufacturer SMS Demag for Russian steel giant, United Metallurgical Company.

When complete, the mill will weigh more than 1,000 tonnes and be able to roll plates up to six metres wide – twice the conventional plate width.

Forgemasters' chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman, said: "The contract for SMS Demag builds on two contracts Forgemasters won 18 months ago to produce the same style of rolling mill housings for steel production in India.

"We are witnessing increasing demand for ever larger and heavier products as the global economy accelerates.

"Nations like India, China and Russia have massive requirements to feed their respective domestic markets, and Forgemasters is one of a select few companies across the globe capable of creating these vast steel producing components."

The contract will provide Russia with the latest generation of mill for producing steel plate. By producing larger plates it will be possible for the Russians to ships and other large structures made from steel more economically by using fewer welds.

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