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Queen's award honour for Independent Forgings and Alloys and Sheffield Forgemasters International

Sheffield, (UK) - Independent Forgings and Alloys and Sheffield Forgemasters International won awards for international trade.

Independent Forgings and Alloys' won its award for more than trebling exports over the past three years.

The Owlerton business, which makes specialist open die forgings, rings and precision rotary forged bars, exports to Europe, North America, India, the Middle East and South East Asia and has developed new markets in Turkey, Argentina, Brazil and China.

This year's Queen's Award is Sheffield Forgemasters International's third.

The group's foundry – previously known as River Don Castings - won Export and Technology Awards in 1989 and 1997 respectively.

Brightside Lane-based Forgemasters is a world leader in the development and manufacture of large steel forgings and castings for the defence, power generation, nuclear, offshore oil, metal processing and construction industries.

Over the last three years, its export sales have increased by £19 million, and nearly two thirds of its production is exported. Main markets include Germany, China, Russia, Norway and Spain.

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