The foundry process is highly sequential and, similar to the continuous casting of steel, is critically dependent on consistency of quality and productivity optimisation. The Foundry division's solutions allow foundries to reduce defects (and hence reduce labour-intensive fettling and cleaning), minimise metal usage requirements (hence reducing cost, energy usage and mould size), influence the metal solidification process (increasing metal performance and reducing the weight of pieces) and automate the moulding and casting process for gains in productivity and ease of reproduction.

Vesuvius, trading as Foseco, is a world leader in the supply of consumable products for use in the foundry casting industry. Foundry consumables typically make up less than 5% of the total cost of manufacturing a final casting, yet they are vital to the overall quality and yield. The conditioning of molten metal, the nature of the mould used and, especially, the design of the way 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 provides consumable products and associated services to foundries that improve these parameters.


2012 Revenue

End-Markets — 40% vehicles

— 28% general engineering

— 18% agriculture & mining

— 14% other

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