European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

The European foundries have left the dif­fi­cut second half of the pre­vi­ous year behind for the time being. Although high energy prices and Rus­si­a’s aggress­ive beha­viour con­tinue to pose high risks for the European industry, European foundries from all mater­ial classes rate both the cur­rent busi­ness situ­ation and the expect­a­tions for the next six months bet­ter than in the pre­vi­ous month. The latest eas­ing of corona restric­tions is pre­dom­in­antly welcomed. 

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European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

After recent signs of a com­pre­hens­ive slow­down, steel, iron and non-fer­­rous metal foundries assessed the cur­rent situ­ation in Decem­ber as sig­ni­fic­antly bet­ter than in the pre­vi­ous month. Expect­a­tions for the upcom­ing six months do not, how­ever, take this select­ive assess­ment into account.

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New CAEF pres­id­ent Chiara Danieli with full agenda in key year for European foundry industry

At the turn of the year, the CAEF pres­id­ency passed from Ignacio De la Peña to Chiara Danieli. In addi­tion to the cur­rent chal­lenges regard­ing the avail­ab­il­ity of raw mater­i­als and costs of energy, there is no lack of stra­tegic demands she will have to push for­ward together with the CAEF Gen­eral Sec­ret­ariat and in close align­ment with other European foundry associations.

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European Foundry Industry Sentiment

European Foundry Industry Sentiment

While the assess­ment of the cur­rent busi­ness situ­ation for non-fer­­rous metal foundries has already been deteri­or­at­ing for months, a sig­ni­fic­ant set­back is now also set­ting in for iron foundries. Fur­ther rising costs for a vari­ety of raw mater­i­als and energy are put­ting a great bur­den on foundries.

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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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