SMS group received a contract from Avic Guizhou Anda Aviation Forging Co. to supply an additional ring-rolling machine. It will be installed at the company’s plant in Anshun, China. Production is scheduled for mid-2019. The new ring-rolling machine is capable of rolling seamless rings with diameters up to 98.5 inches (2,500 mm) and a maximum height of 31.5 inches (800 mm).
Anda plans to use the machine, which can be operated with a maximum radial rolling force of 500 tons and an axial force of up to 250 tons, to manufacture jet-engine rings made from titanium and nickel-based alloys. This is the second ring-rolling machine Anda has ordered from SMS group. The first one was delivered in 2003.