The Outokumpu UPCAST® System

  1. Dipl.-Ing. K. Ehrke Chairman2 and
  2. Prof. Dr. W. Schneider3
  1. L. Eklin

Published Online: 21 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607331.ch49

Continuous Casting

Continuous Casting

How to Cite

Eklin, L. (2000) The Outokumpu UPCAST® System, in Continuous Casting (eds K. Ehrke and W. Schneider), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607331.ch49

Editor Information

  1. 2

    ALUMINIUM Essen GmbH, Sulterkamp 71, D-45356 Essen, Germany

  2. 3

    VAW Aluminium AG, Forschung und Entwicklung, Georg-von-Boeselager-Str. 25, D-53117 Bonn, Germany

Author Information

  1. Outokumpu Castform Oy, Pori, Finland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302833

Online ISBN: 9783527607334



  • continuous casting;
  • Outokumpu UPCAST® System


Outokumpu has been manufacturing Cu-OF since the late 1940's. In the late 1960's a new concept in casting oxygen-free copper was established with the introduction of upwards vertical casting – the UPCAST® process. Currently over 80 units of UPCAST® for Cu-OF and 40 for alloys are operating worldwide.

The highly flexible UPCAST® process has a proven up-time of over 97 %, this being well over traditional CCR processes or a number of less successful copies of upward continuous casting machines. Variable day-by-day production schedules can be met with no sacrifice to quality. The process is environmentally very safe – Outokumpu has been awarded the EMAS certificate for environmental safety – and clean and can be run economically in the production range of 2000 tons per year to 30 000 tons per year and beyond.