The foundry industry has undergone a profound change in recent years, yet despite the stagnation in steel and iron casting is generating constant growth with more than 100 million tonnes.
The focus is now increasingly shifting to nonferrous metals such as aluminium and magnesium alloys. Foundries have extremely diverse customer groups. Automotive manufacturers account for a high percentage across all material groups, with approx. 55% on the ferrous side and in fact over 84% on the nonferrous metal casting side. The second most important customer sector for foundries is general machine construction with around 40 different branches.