The European Foundry Industry at a Glance
The iron, steel and malleable foundries of the CAEF member states produce approximately 10.7 M tons of castings in 2021. The production weight increased by 17.6 % yoy. The six countries that dominate the industry in terms of weight, namely Germany, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and Poland, account for 81.6 % of the production of ferrous metal castings.
Non-ferrous metal foundries in the CAEF member states booked a production increase of 14.8 % and a production of roundabout 3.8 M tons. In the countries that dominate the production of non-ferrous metal castings, namely Italy, Germany and Türkiye, the output account for 61.9 % of the total volume.
The share of cast iron with lamellar graphite in the output total of iron and steel castings is 49.3 %. Correspondingly, the share of ductile cast iron is slightly higher (43.5 %). The steel sector logs a share of 7.2 %.
The production of castings made of non-ferrous metal alloys is dominated by light metals. The share is 87.3 %.
World Foundry Industry
+112.7 M tons metal castings produced globally
16.8 M tons of world production casted in CAEF
Note that light metals are included
Foundry Industry In Europe By Numbers
Number of metal casting facilities in Europe
Percentage of firms that are small businesses
(less than 50 employees)
Number of people employed by the European foundry industry
Share of Global Casting Production
41 Billion €
Value of castings produced in Europe
14 Million t
Metal Casting Production