Page 1: Introduction
Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) is the world's largest independently owned Forgemaster. The Company’s origins date back to the 1750’s, but it was Edward Vickers, a
traditional miller, who set the foundations for the business in 1805. SFIL’s rich history is evident in that it is the successor to such famous Sheffield names as Vickers, English Steel, Firth Brown and British Steel. SFIL is now a world leader in supplying total engineering packages to solve industry's needs, specialising in a broad range of heavy steel forgings and castings as well as stocking steel ingots and bar. The company continue to supply an increasing global demand for high quality engineered products to key industries such as defence, nuclear, oil and gas exploration, power generation and steel processing.
As a market leader, SFIL recognises that whilst it continues to manufacture high quality products, it has an obligation to operate in a responsible manner by controlling and minimising its impact on the environment.
Over the past decade, SFIL has made significant investments and improvements to reduce its impact on the environment. Environmental legislation and other requirements on the manufacturing industry are still prevalent and it is an on-going challenge to continually improve performance. In order to do this effectively, SFIL has devised a strategy and organised its company structures and systems to ensure that this challenge is being addressed. This case study looks in detail at SFIL’s Environmental Strategy which is currently being implemented
throughout the business.