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Alstom Moves All Castings Operations In-House

Posted on June 25, 2009

Alstom has inaugurated a new nodular iron foundry at Elblag in Poland, one of its key manufacturing sites for the global energy industry. The new extension is located next to Alstom’s existing steel foundry, in operation since 1971. The casting of both steel and iron components in-house will allow Alstom to substantially extend control over its entire turbine production chain, avoiding dependence on external manufacturers and problems of insufficient production capacity for certain types of castings.

“The extension of the Elblag foundry gives Alstom a major advantage in its manufacturing strategy,” says Guy Chardon, Senior Vice President for Thermal Products, Alstom Power, “as it gives us complete independence in all our casting processes for our major steam and gas projects around the world.”

The existing Elblag steel foundry produces around 7000 tonnes / year of steel castings for turbines and turbo compressors, and heavy castings for the power generating industry. The new foundry will also produce heavy castings, with a projected production capacity of 6000 tonnes / year, strengthening Elblag’s role as a key manufacturing base for the energy industry in Europe.

In addition to the 230 employees already working at the steel foundry, the new foundry will create about 75 new jobs.

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