Foundries forge ahead

By Jessica Roberts
Published: Friday, 27 May 2011

A healthy resurgence for metal casting in 2011 is spurring demand for foundry raw materials, but producers are struggling to supply niche minerals as stocks dwindle

Global metal casting output reached 80.3m. tonnes in 2009, down from 93.5m. tonnes in 2008, with the top three producing countries - China (35.3m. tonnes), India (7.44m. tonnes) and the USA (7.40m. tonnes) - representing 62% of global production. In the traditional foundry hub of Western Europe, Germany led the market with...

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