A Global Industry
More than 100 million tonnes of casting are produced annually and demand is continuing to grow.

The European Foundry Industry at a Glance

In 2016, the iron, steel and malleable foundries of the CAEF member states produced 11.4 m. tons of castings. Compared to the year before, this corresponds to a 2.8% decrease in production weight. The six countries that dominate the industry in terms of weight, namely Germany, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and Poland, account for 84.7% of the production of ferrous metal castings.

In 2016, non-ferrous metal foundries in the CAEF member states booked a production increase of
3.8% to more than 4.2 m. tons. In the countries that dominate the production of non-ferrous metal castings, namely Germany and Italy, the output account for 52.0% of the total volume.

The share of cast iron with lamellar graphite in the output total of iron and steel castings was 51%, the same share as in the two years before. Correspondingly, the share of ductile cast iron was stable (42%). The steel sector logged a share of 7%.

The production of castings made of non-ferrous metal alloys is still dominated by light metals. The share was up from 88% to 89%.

World Foundry Industry 2016

+ 104 M tons Metal castings produced globally (85 M in 2005) 16 of world production casted in CAEF

Foundry Industry In Europe By Numbers

4.7K
Number of metal casting facilities in the Europe.
70%
Percentage of firms that are small businesses
(less than 50 employees).
290K +
Number of people employed by the Europe foundry industry.
20K
Foundries recruits each year.
100K+
Number of people employed in supplier industries.
43 Billion €
Value of castings produced in Europe in 2016.
8 Billion €
Gross Value Added.