European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

Con­tinu­ing prob­lems in the global sup­ply chains and the related prob­lems in the auto­mot­ive industry in par­tic­u­lar threaten to limit the recov­ery of the foundry industry and do not bode well for the first quarter of 2022. Mean­while, the hor­rendous costs for raw mater­i­als and energy are caus­ing tre­mend­ous dif­fi­culties in eco­nomic pro­duc­tion for the energy-intens­ive foundry industry at the begin­ning of winter. This con­stel­la­tion is reflec­ted in the sharpest month-to-month decline of the FISI since April 2020.

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European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European foundries’ expect­a­tions for the next six months are under pres­sure. On the one hand, explod­ing raw mater­ial and energy costs have been accom­pa­ny­ing the com­pan­ies for months. On the other hand, in addi­tion to the semi­con­ductor crisis, the auto­mot­ive industry could soon be con­fron­ted with short­ages in the sup­ply of mag­nesium and alu­minium, just like many non-fer­­rous metal foundries.

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CAEF Year­book 2020 published

​Data of unique scope and depth show the impact of the Covid-19 pan­demic on European foundries. While the European pro­duc­tion of non-fer­­rous metals decreased by 19.2 % over­all, the pro­duc­tion of iron, nod­u­lar iron and steel cast­ings decreased by 19.8 % com­pared to 2019.

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European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

In August the European Foundry Sen­ti­ment Indic­ator (FISI) increased again after a slight dampener in the pre­vi­ous month, although short­ages of raw mater­i­als and cost explo­sions on the energy mar­kets put pres­sure on foundries on the pro­cure­ment side, while short-time work is increas­ingly being announced by the auto­mot­ive industry. 

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European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

In July the European Foundry Sen­ti­ment Indic­ator (FISI) dropped for the first time since exactly one year. TThis devel­op­ment does not yet rep­res­ent a clear set­back. Nev­er­the­less, in par­tic­u­lar the high raw mater­ial prices and the still tense situ­ation in logist­ics as well as the prob­lems in the vehicle con­struc­tion industry are impact­ing the sen­ti­ment among European foundries.

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European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

In June the European Foundry Sen­ti­ment Indic­ator (FISI) con­tin­ues its recov­ery for the sev­enth con­sec­ut­ive month. The driv­ing force behind this pos­it­ive devel­op­ment is the good assess­ment of the cur­rent busi­ness situ­ation. Expect­a­tions for the com­ing six months, mean­while, did not increase sig­ni­fic­antly, but remain at a high level.

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European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

The con­tin­ued improve­ment in expect­a­tions is very prom­ising. Nev­er­the­less, prob­lems in the indus­trial sup­ply chains and mater­ial bot­tle­necks threaten fur­ther development. 

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