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46TH


CENSUS OF


WORLD CASTING PRODUCTION


The 2011 census shows annual casting production’s return to pre-2008 levels.


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Gray Iron


AN MCDP STAFF REPORT


n 2011, world casting produc- tion returned to pre-2008 levels, at 98.6 million metric tons, marking a 7.5% increase vs. 2010, according to this year’s MODERN CASTING Census of World Casting Production. Indeed, the figure has exceeded the 2007 peak of 94.9 million metric tons, indicating the global


metalcasting industry has emerged from the economic downturn. Twenty-eight of the 37 countries


that provided census data reported growth in annual volumes for 2011. Five countries reported contraction. Belgium is down 53%, with 51,035 fewer metric tons produced vs. 2010. Denmark, Pakistan, Slovenia and South Africa also reported contraction. This is a greater number of


contracting countries than in 2010, but it was offset by dramatic growth in countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina (169%, producing an additional 31,770 metric tons), the Czech Republic (34%, an additional


World Totals


Ductile Iron


Malleable Iron


Steel 45,870,050 24,782,540 1,381,461 10,342,738


Copper Base


1,799,294


Aluminum 13,197,181


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Magnesium 181,931


Zinc 505,614 Other


Nonferrous 532,313


Total 98,593,122 PRODUCTION PER PLANT


Eight of the top 10 nations reported growth in productivity per plant (calculated as total tonnage divided by number of plants) in 2011. Of the top 10, the U.S. showed the greatest increase at 24.5%, followed by Germany at 14.4%.


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