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28th census of world casting production - 1993.

Led by the humming economies of the U.S. and most of East Asia, casting production rose slightly from 1992-93, according to modern casting's 28th Census of World Casting Production.

This year's survey showed 66.83 million metric tons of castings shipped in 1993, compared to 61.44 million in 1992. Again, the Commonwealth of Independent States, China and the U.S. were the top three producers, respectively.

However, a cautionary note is needed when comparing the census' year-to-year data because:

* India rejoined this year's survey, reporting 1991-92 tonnage of 1.58 million. The Institute of Indian Foundrymen said its new information center will provide more detailed and updated information next year.

* Another million-plus producer, Brazil, also re-entered the census, with a 256, 140-metric-ton rise over its last reporting year (1991).

* Denmark and Italy remained out of the census due to unreported data.

Overall in 1993, casting output climbed for many of the major producers--North America, East Asia, the CIS and the United Kingdom--but continued to fall in most of Europe.

U.S. production jumped from 10.54 million metric tons in 1992 to 11.71 million in 1993, while Mexico's output rose an estimated 1000 metric tons. Canada reversed a downward trend by boosting its tonnage from 563,886 to 616,887.

Two producers in the Pacific Rim followed Canada's trend. Taiwan's output rose from 1.32 million in 1992 to 2.59 million and South Korea's increased from 1.4 million to 1.46 million.

China continued to expand its casting production, from 11.6 million metric tons in 1992 to 14.33 million in 1993. Japan, meanwhile, reported a second consecutive drop in output--from 7.18 million in 1992 to 6.68 million metric tons in 1993.

Maintaining its top position, the CIS boosted its production--from an estimated 14.3 million metric tons in 1992 to 15.59 million in '93.

In Europe, only the U.K. and Romania recorded higher tonnage. U.K. production edged up from 1.16 million in 1992 to 1.24 million in 1993, while Romania's rose from 506,000 to 780,000.

Casting shipments declined for the second straight year in: Austria (from 233,701 to 209,545 metric tons); Belgium (227,843 to 178,737); Finland (84,343 to 81,318); France (2.26 to 2.03 million); Germany (4.1 to 3.46 million);

Hungary (66,798 to 65,008); the Netherlands (137,850 to 106,654); Poland (759,570 to 750,650); Portugal (106,780 to 95,905); Spain (631,400 to 624,800); Sweden (234,600 to 230,500); and Switzerland (152,910 to 127,320).

Production in Norway--the only European country to boast higher production in 1992--fell about 5000 metric tons. Elsewhere, casting production climbed in Egypt, Turkey and Zambia.

When examining the production breakdown, keep in mind that some nations have combined their output under one metal category for convenience.

Comments about or participation in the annual census should be directed to: Editor, modern casting, 505 State St., Des Plaines, Illinois, U.S.A., 60016-8399; 708/824-0181; fax 708/824-0181.
Number of Operating Foundries Worldwide--1993
(from countries participating in 28th Census of World Casting Production)

COUNTRY IRON STEEL NONFERROUS TOTAL

Austria 133(1) 7 36 76
Belgium 73 15 59 147
Brazil 934(2) -- -- 934
Canada 100 40 -- 140
China, People's Rep 8458 2674(3) 2802 13,934
CIS(**) 4000(4) -- -- 4,000
Egypt 27 4 3 34
Finland 40 7 28 75
France 177(5) -- 330(6) 507
Germany 348 75 466 889
Hungary 44(7) -- 38 82
Japan 747 117 564 1,428
Korea, Rep. 480 116 242 838
Netherlands 30(8) -- 39 69
Norway 20 3 13 36
Peru 102 7 80 189
Portugal 51 12 -- 63
Romania 40 87 175 119
South Africa(*) 42 13 24 79
Spain 146 42 88 276
Sweden 37 10 75 122
Switzerland 24 -- 47 71
Turkey 100 42(*) 57(* 9) 199
United Kingdom(10) 245 45 250 540
United States(**) 700 300 2100 3,100
Zambia 5 1 -- 6

Total 17,003 3,548 7,402 27,953

* 1990 estimate ** estimate from Stratecasts, Inc.

1 includes 21 ductile and two malleable iron foundries; 11 foundries have
ferrous & nonferrous production

2 includes all foundries

3 includes 245 investment casting foundries

4 includes all foundries, most of which produce iron castings

5 includes steel foundries, and 27 foundries producing both ferrous and
nonferrous castings

6 includes 27 foundries with both ferrous and non-ferrous operations

7 includes steel foundries

8 includes steel foundries

9 includes 15 copper-based, 12 ductile and three malleable iron foundries.

10 British Foundry Assn, estimates.


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