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THE DOMESTIC PICTURE


MCDP breaks down the U.S. metalcasting industry by metal, process and state.


F AN MCDP STAFF REPORT


or the third year, Metal Casting Design & Purchasing offers a snapshot of the U.S. metalcasting industry. The data was compiled from a survey of 1,601 domestic metalcasting facilities, 80% of the estimated total 2,001 plants.


EIGHT STATES MAKE UP MORE THAN 50% Following is a breakdown of


the survey results. The percent of responses reflects the number of surveyed facilities that responded to each question. Averages were found by eliminating the high- est and lowest numbers in each category and dividing the sum by the number of responses.


Material


Leader: Aluminum Last Place: Titanium Aluminum is the dominant


Percent of Total U.S. Plants


Ohio leads the industry in number of metalcasting facilities with 155, or 10% of the total. Eight states make up more than 50% of the plants in the U.S.


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material, with 747 facilities (47% of respondents) pouring some type of aluminum alloy. T is marks a signifi cant drop in the number of aluminum casting facilities reported last year (882 of 1617 respondents, or 55%). While most facilities report pouring more than one material, no other metal comes close to alumi- num’s share. However, when it comes to volume, aluminum comes in third after ductile and gray iron (see the world casting census, pg. 36). Iron is the second most used


material, with 31% of metalcasting facilities pouring the metal. About 4%


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