Israel’s Bet Shemesh Engines Ltd. announced an agreement with Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., to buy all the shares of Pratt &Whitney’s Carmel Forge for $58.5 million. Carmel Forge manufactures parts for aviation jet engines. As part of the deal, Carmel Forge has signed a long-term agreement, valued at $360 million over 10 years, for the production of forged metal-alloy components to be used in Pratt &Whitney’s new engine manufacturing projects.
Weber Metals of Paramount, Calif., and parent company Otto Fuchs Group (Germany) unveiled its new 60,000-ton forging press. The press was designed and built by Germany's SMS group and represents a $180 million investment. According to Weber Metals, the huge press is the world’s largest private investment in aerospace metal forging. As a result, the company will double its employment to 800 jobs.
Weldbend Corp., a manufacturer of carbon steel fittings and flanges, started installation on what it says is the largest cold-form Tee-Press in the Americas and Western Europe at its manufacturing facility in Argo, Ill. The new press, which weighs 1.2 million pounds and contains 5 miles of wire, will significantly expand Weldbend’s forging capabilities. It will be able to forge up to a 20-inch XS Tee with material grades including Y70. The company can currently cold forge a 6-inch Tee. Weldbend’s products are used in mechanical systems and oil-and-gas pipelines.
Sheffield Forgemasters installed the U.K.’s largest five-axis vertical turning lathe (VTL) as part of a $7.9 million upgrade to its machining facilities. The project will improve capacity and throughput for complicated machining requirements. Weighing almost 250 metric tons, the VTL was manufactured by Spanish company BOST. It has a maximum machining height of 13 feet (4 meters), maximum swing diameter of 28 feet (8.5 meters) and a table weight capacity of 100 metric tons.
Mettis Aerospace, Worcestershire, U.K., has been awarded a contract to supply steel alloy precision-forged components to Boeing’s first European factory in Sheffield, U.K. Boeing’s new facility will produce 7,000 actuation system components each month for the 737 and 777 passenger jets, which will be shipped for assembly in Boeing’s Portland, Ore., plant.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Vforge Inc. of Lakewood, Colo., for machine safety hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries while working on “a forging machine.” The company faces proposed penalties of $225,046. OSHA cited the forge for two willful and two serious safety violations for failing to develop lockout/tagout procedures, provide adequate machine guarding and train employees in a language they understand. OSHA has placed Vforge Inc. in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
Ohio Star Forge (OSF), a subsidiary of Japan’s Daido Steel, recently completed an expansion project that was announced last year. The Warren, Ohio-based company added 15,000 square feet to its existing building for a new machining division. OSF, which started with two forging machines and 23 employees, now employs 120 and runs five forging machines. The company primarily supplies forgings to the automotive market but has sought diversification into other markets, such as oil and gas, as well. In addition, OSF celebrates its 30th anniversary this month.
Miyake Forging, a Japan-based supplier of hot- and cold-forged bearings and a provider of heat-treating and machining services, opened a new 48,000-square-foot plant in Surgoinsville, Tenn. The facility will produce bearing components for the automotive industry. Miyake Forging already operates two plants in Japan and one in Thailand. The Tennessee venture, the company’s first in the U.S., currently has 14 employees, but employment is expected to increase in the future.
Specialty Steel Works Inc. (SSWI) announced a major capital investment at its Niagara LaSalle Corporation Cold Finish Steel Bar (CFSB) facility in Hammond, Ind. The multimillion dollar investment in new high-performance equipment and infrastructure will enhance and modernize the facility’s operating capabilities. The Hammond plant processes cold-finished steel bars in a wide range of sizes, shapes, grades, finishes and tolerances for a myriad of customer applications, predominately in the transportation, industrial equipment and agriculture markets. New equipment will be phased in over the next 12 months.
U.S. Steel plans to spend at least $750 million to upgrade its century-old Gary Works steel mill in Gary, Ind. According to the company, the investment will help preserve approximately 3,900 jobs and will allow the company to become more competitive by upgrading technology and giving workers new tools. In March, U.S. Steel announced it was restarting one of two blast furnaces and the steelmaking facilities at its Granite City Works, an integrated steelmaking plant in Granite City, Ill.
Check out the December 2018 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story that showcases Weber Metals' New 60,000-Ton Hydraulic Press. Other features include "California Hosts 32nd FIERF Technical Conference", "HDPE Cooling Towers Take the Heat", and much more.