A Global Industry
More than 100 million tons of casting are produced annually and demand is continuing to grow.
The European Foundry Industry at a Glance
In 2017, the iron, steel and malleable foundries of the CAEF member states produced 16.4 m. tons of castings. Compared to the year before, this corresponds to a 6 % increase in production weight. The six countries that dominate the industry in terms of weight, namely Germany, Italy, Turkey, France, Poland and Spain, account for 86,2 % of the production of ferrous metal castings.
In 2017, non-ferrous metal foundries in the CAEF member states booked a production increase of 4,3 % to more than 4.4 m. tons. In the countries that dominate the production of non-ferrous metal castings, namely Germany and Turkey, the output account for 52 % of the total volume.
The share of cast iron with lamellar graphite in the output total of iron and steel castings was 50 %, the same share as in the year before. Correspondingly, the share of ductile cast iron was stable (40%). The steel sector logged a share of 10,1 %.
The production of castings made of non-ferrous metal alloys is still dominated by light metals. The share is stable at 86 %.
World Foundry Industry 2017
+109 M tons Metal castings produced globally (85 M in 2005)
18 M tons of world production casted in CAEF
Foundry Industry In Europe By Numbers
Number of metal casting facilities in the Europe.
Percentage of firms that are small businesses
(less than 50 employees).
Number of people employed by the Europe foundry industry.
Foundries recruits each year.
Number of people employed in supplier industries.
43 Billion €
Value of castings produced in Europe in 2016.
8 Billion €
Gross Value Added.