Qiqihar North Forging Steel Co. Ltd., a part of the Dalian Dongbei Group, placed an order with SMS Meer for the supply of a 60/70-MN open-die forging press. The press will be used to process high-grade materials including tool steel, stainless steel and high-alloy materials for various industrial applications. The press, which operates with a forging force of up to 60 MN (~6,700 tons) and an upsetting force of 70 MN (~7,900 tons), is scheduled for commissioning in summer 2012.

The company plans to use the new press to extend its range of products. Dalian Dongbei Group has already received two machines from SMS Meer: a high-speed open-die forging press with 80/100-MN press force and an SMX 800/16-MN hydraulic forging machine. Both are currently being assembled in Dalian.