Areva is a multinational organization involved in nuclear energy system design, development, and operation, and the developer and supplier of the EPR Generation III pressurized-water nuclear reactors, already installed at several power plants in Europe and currently scheduled for two new installations in China. Earlier this year, Areva’s subsidiary Creusot Forge, a producer of large-dimension forgings and castings for nuclear engineering operations, inaugurated a new hydraulic press in June at its plant in eastern France. The project was initiated in 2012 in response to increasing global demand for heavy forgings for reactor components.
Areva characterized the new forging press project as an effort “to ensure the industrial durability of (its) Le Creusot manufacturing site, which supplies large forgings and castings mainly to the nuclear market.” The new press was chosen to replace a previous machine rated at 7,000 mt. Creusot Forge also operates an 11,000-mt hydraulic press at the site in eastern France.