South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction installed a new 17,000-ton steel forging press at its forging plant in Changwon. The press, which replaces a 13,000-ton press that had been in service since the early 1980s, is expected to increase the Changwon plant’s forging capacity by 34%. It is 29 meters (95 feet) tall x 9 meters (29.5 feet) wide and has the capacity of forging steel ingots totaling 80,000 tons in weight.
Doosan Heavy Industries claims it to be the world’s largest four-pillar forging press. The company produces various components used in power-generation equipment and is capable of producing 140,000 tons of forged-steel products annually. It operates a total of three forging presses: 17,000-, 4,200- and 1,600-ton.