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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 £530m in 2023, a decrease of 1.5%, reflecting revenues contracting in EMEA and the Americas while expanding in Asia-Pacific. After a positive start to the year, trading was difficult in the second half due to significant market weakness in the northern part of EMEA (historically an important market area for our Foundry Division), in South America and in China. This market weakness was partially but not entirely compensated for by market share gains in all regions and a positive pricing performance.







The Business


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.

Foundry Casting Process

The foundry process is highly sequential and is critically dependent on the 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.