Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF), based at Schiedam in the Netherlands, has completed the refurbishment of 12 giant lifting hooks for Tata Steel in IJmuiden. Each hook has a lifting capacity of either 225 or 240 tonnes and they are used to lift the enormous bowls (known as ‘ladles’) than carry and pour out molten iron and steel in steel foundries. AKF is one of the few companies in the world capable of doing this work. Its ISO 3834 welding certification demonstrates its ability to undertake such high precision work as well as manually weld towing chain up to 95mm in diameter.
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