July 22 - Netherlands based forging and casting works Formaco has signed a contract with Spain's Irizar Forge for the exclusive sale of the latter's forged lifting hooks, crane lifting blocks and associated equipment in the Netherlands and Belgium.

According to Robert Heester, general manager Formaco, the agreement will allow it to offer a full range of heavy casting and forging works for the offshore, shipbuilding and dredging industries.
"Irizar hooks are manufactured for a lifting capacity and anchoring up to 1,500 tonnes safe working load (SWL) and a forging weight of 9,000 kg. The SWL will even be extended to 4,000 tonnes as from 2015, with a forging weight up to 20,000 kg," Heester explains.