AFC-Holcroft and partner company Shanghai Powermax announced the commissioning of several large orders in China. Bodycote Wuxi started production on its latest AFC-Holcroft furnace, with the entire line now consisting of six AFC-Holcroft/Powermax UBQ 36-48-36 furnaces and companion equipment. An international supplier of bearings expanded production at its plant in China with a total of six AFC-Holcroft/Powermax UBQ 72-72-56 furnaces. These represent some of the largest sealed quench furnaces installed in China, with loads larger than 7,000 kg. Some of the furnaces are used to heat treat windmill bearing races with very deep case depths and stringent specifications.

The same international customer in China started production on its AFC-Holcroft UBH 80-80-36 atmosphere heating furnace and large press-quench system. This equipment allows the reheat and press quench of windmill bearing races to a diameter of 80 inches. The performance and distortion control of the furnace and accompanying press quench exceeded customer specifications.