NKS Heavy Forging And Facility Nears Completion Casting In Mexico

NKS is a joint venture of NAFINSA, the Mexican Development Bank, Kobe Steel, a leading Japanese steel producer, and SIDERMEX, the official steel consortium of Mexico.

The erection of the casting, forging, and machine shop buildings, with the plant infrastructure, has been completed on schedule at the site in Puerto Lazaro Cardenas on Mexico's West Coast. The main equipment components including the 4,000/6,000- and 1,500-ton forging presses and the 40-ton electric arc furnace are now at the site and being installed.

A broad range of tools including a horizontal lathe of 2,500/2,000 mm by 15,000 mm, and vertical lathe of 8,500/5,000 mm by 5,000 mm will be installed in the machine shop. A steel casting facility of the most modern design, with production capacity of 20,000 tons annually, is also included in the complex.

Production is scheduled for the first quarter of 1985, at which time NKS will be able to offer the marine industry heavy castings and forgings for rudders, stocks, tail and line shafting, propellers, and related parts of the highest quality, conforming to the standards of the classification societies.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 13,  Apr 1984

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