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UPCAST OY

UPCAST® is the leading supplier of upward continuous casting
technology for a wide range of non-ferrous applications.

 

UPCAST OY is exclusive supplier of the original UPCAST® process developed within the Outokumpu Group. The work of early UPCAST® pioneers was characterized by technical innovation and production know-how. At UPCAST OY we have combined this legacy with a strong commitment to customer support providing UPCAST® users with unique performance.

UPCAST® remains the leading technology in upward continuous casting of Cu-OF and copper alloy rod. Now with the advent of UPCAST®-SGTube this innovative technology has been applied to casting thin-walled Cu-DHP tubes ready for drawing to various tube products. Copper tube production by "Cast & Draw" takes overall efficiency to new heights.

UPCAST® legacy

The upward continuous casting method, better known as the UPCAST® system, was originally developed within the Finnish Outokumpu Group in the late '60s. The outcome resulted from a synthesis of innovative thinking and long production experience. The first UPCAST® production line was installed in 1971 at the group's own facilities in Pori and is still in operation and up-to-date thanks to a number of modernisations performed. This first production line has been followed by a continuous string of others delivered worldwide (>170 by 2014) establishing UPCAST® as the undisputed market leader in its field.

As a result of Outokumpu Group’s decision to divest its copper business a new, independent company UPCAST OY was established in 2006 to carry the UPCAST® legacy into the future. UPCAST OY is the exclusive supplier of the original UPCAST® process.

Wherever. Better.

It is not by chance that UPCAST® today enjoys market leader status. Rather it is the inevitable result of combining market and production knowledge with technical know-how. Today we at UPCAST OY still share both the innovative spirit and understanding of factory-floor realities that characterised early UPCAST® pioneers. Leading edge technology combined with strong commitment to customer support provides all “UPCAST®-family” members, old and new, with unique performance.

The continuous cooperation with reliable partners
in R&D has led us to a totally new level.
Together we can serve our customers with
a wider range of technologies.

 

Milestones

  • 1968 concept of upward continuous casting invented by Outokumpu
  • 1971 start-up of first UPCAST® production unit within Outokumpu
  • 1972 delivery of first UPCAST® unit to outside customer
  • 1983 50 units delivered worldwide
  • 1989 introduction of servo-driven casting machine
  • 1989 introduction of direct-to-size 8 mm (rod) casting
  • 1993 100 units delivered worldwide
  • 1995 introduction of remote diagnostics
  • 2001 introduction of automatic melt transfer (MF→HF)
  • 2003 150 units delivered worldwide
  • 2006 UPCAST OY established
  • 2008 UPCAST® - GREENerCAST introduced
  • 2009 UPCAST® - SGTube introduced
  • 2010 commissioning on the first UPCAST® SGTube line
  • 2012 delivery of the first UPCAST® Hybrid line
  • 2013 possibility to use scrap in production
  • 2013 increased wire rod casting speed