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.
First in upcasting
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.
- 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 rod casting speed