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Foundry Division

We are a world leader in the supply of consumable products, technical advice and application support to the global foundry industry, improving casting quality and foundry efficiency.

Our primary customers are ferrous and non-ferrous foundries serving various end-markets, from large bespoke castings to high-volume automotive pieces. We operate in the foundry sector under the Foseco brand.


Vesuvius’ Foundry Division reported revenues of £471.4m in 2021, an increase of 14% compared to 2020. On an underlying basis, Foundry Division revenue was up 20%. The Foundry Division also achieved meaningful margin recovery, with trading profit growing 79% on an underlying basis to £40.4m, as Return on Sales increased 250bps to 8.6% in 2021. Profitability was impacted by the time lag we experienced between cost increases and selling price rises, although this was successfully eliminated by year-end.







The Business

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Our Products

The conditioning of molten metal, the nature of the mould used and, especially, the design of the way in which metal flows into the mould are key parameters in a foundry, determining both the quality of the finished castings and the labour, energy and metal usage efficiency of the foundry.

Vesuvius’ products and services to foundries contribute significantly to improved product quality and yield. Foundry customers are evolving towards more sophisticated and complex castings with increased requirements for cleaner and lighter metal, resulting in a greater need for Vesuvius’ products.

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Our Customers

We are also focused on expanding the cross-selling opportunities between the Advanced Refractories and Foundry business units.

Foundries utilise some of the refractory products manufactured by Advanced Refractories, which allows us to offer a complete product offering to our customers.

Foundry Casting Process

The foundry process is highly sequential and is critically dependent on consistency of product quality and productivity optimisation. Working alongside customers at their sites, our engineers provide on-site technical expertise in addition to advanced computational fluid dynamics capabilities to develop the best customised production solutions.