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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 £551m in 2022, an increase of 13%. On a reported basis, including some benefit from the business acquired from Universal Refractories, the Foundry Division revenue was up 17%. The increase in sales reflects pricing increases which successfully offset cost inflation. We also achieved market share gains in most core regions and products, the only significant exception being Western Europe where we lost some market share due to priority being given to price increases.







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.

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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.