A Global Industry

More than 110 mil­lion tons of cast­ing are pro­duced annu­ally and demand is con­tinu­ing to grow.

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

10.8 M tons
in US

16.8 M tons

13.4 M tons
in India

49.4 M tons
in China

5.6 M tons
in Japan

Foundry Industry In Europe By Numbers


Num­ber of metal cast­ing facil­it­ies in Europe

70 %

Per­cent­age of firms that are small busi­nesses
(less than 50 employees)

260 K

Num­ber of people employed by the European foundry industry

12 %

Share of Global Cast­ing Production

41 Bil­lion €

Value of cast­ings pro­duced in Europe

14 Mil­lion t

Metal Cast­ing Production

General Secretariat
CAEF - The European Foundry Association

Hansaallee 203
40549 Düsseldorf

tel: +49 (0)211 6871 217
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e-mail: info@caef.eu