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 9.1 M tons of castings in 2020. The production weight decreased by 19.8 % yoy. The six countries that dominate the industry in terms of weight, namely Germany, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and Poland, account for 79.8 % of the production of ferrous metal castings.
Non-ferrous metal foundries in the CAEF member states booked a production decrease of 19.1 % and a production of roundabout 3.3 M tons. In the countries that dominate the production of non-ferrous metal castings, namely Germany and Italy, the output account for 43.2 % of the total volume.
The share of cast iron with lamellar graphite in the output total of iron and steel castings is 48.5 %. Correspondingly, the share of ductile cast iron is slightly higher (43.9 %). The steel sector logs a share of 7.5 %.
The production of castings made of non-ferrous metal alloys is dominated by light metals. The share is 87.7 %.
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
Foundries recruit each year
Number of people employed in supplier industries
43 Billion €
Value of castings produced in Europe
8 Billion €
Gross Value Added