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KSB extends India foundry

By Gerald Ondrey |

German pump manufacture KSB Group (Frankenthal, Germany; www.ksb.com) has expanded the steel foundry capacities at its Indian site of Vambori over the past months. Two new natural gas-fired furnaces contribute to increasing the steel castings output from 300 ton/yr to 1,200 ton/yr. The foundry specializes in steels and stainless steels difficult to cast, for example, duplex and chrome steels, or ASTM grades such as CF8M, CF3M or CN7M. Planning of the new foundry focused on ecological requirements to ensure environmentally friendly production. The plant is equipped with a fluegas collector and dust extraction systems to control air pollution. In addition, water pollution is avoided by a water-treatment plant. Up to 80% of the sand used for moulds and cores is reclaimed. A total of three ovens are available at the foundry: one for the drying of moulds, one for drying cores and another for scrap metal heating. The demand for high-quality steel castings within globally operating KSB Group is continuously rising. As there are only a limited number of suppliers able to meet international quality requirements, KSB decided to extend its own capacities.
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