What is claimed to be the world’s largest continuous caster for blooms has come on stream at Dongbei Special Steel in Dalian City, Liaoning Province, China. The company commissioned the continuous caster from SMS Concast, a company of SMS Group. The new continuous caster produces high-quality special steel blooms with diameters of 600-800 mm (23.6-31.5 inches). Dongbei Special Steel uses the blooms to forge large shafts, tool steel and stainless steel on its hydraulic presses and radial forging machines. It supplies these products to the oil, energy and automotive industries. The caster has an annual capacity of up to 450,000 metric tons.