Cast out: Enterprise numbers have fallen due to declining revenue encouraging consolidation

Cast iron is used in a range of engineered products, including automotive parts, tools, construction and mining equipment and heating equipment. No official statistics are available on imports and exports of iron castings because the industry covers a production process rather than a product. As a result, although the industry is highly exposed to international trade, any trade data tends to include these castings as constituents of products or parts that are included in other industries. The largest downstream market for iron castings in the United Kingdom is motor vehicle and automotive parts manufacturers, followed by construction machinery, water and sewerage companies, and other machinery more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Foreign competition and price fluctuations have induced sharp contractions in revenue
  • The weak pound has propelled demand from machinery manufacturers since the EU referendum
  • The construction of new electricity generating capacity is expected to provide a growing market
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry has a low level of capital intensity. Applying wages as proxy for labour and depreciation for capital investment, the industry has a capital-to-labour ratio of 1:8.98 in 2018-19. This indicates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, industry operators will spend approximately £8.98 on wages. Conversely, for every £1.00 spent on wages or labour, firms are expected to spend 11p on capital. Companies operating in this industry invest in equipment to produce particular components and to help reduce the number of hours it takes to produce castings, consequently improving profit margins. Specialist pieces of equipment include foundry furnaces, moulding lines, CNC milling machines and testing equipment for high-integrity castings. Add...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Iron Casting Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Iron Casting Industry are

  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Having a good reputation
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index and Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing in the Iron Casting industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Iron Casting Industry?

    Companies in this industry operate iron foundries, which produce iron products through a process called casting. This involves pouring molten ferrous metals into moulds.

    Industry Products
  • Ductile iron castings
  • Grey iron castings
  • Malleable iron castings
  • Industry Activities
  • Semi-finished iron product casting
  • Grey iron casting
  • Spheroidal graphite iron casting
  • Malleable cast-iron product casting
  • Manufacturing tubes, pipes and hollow profiles and tube or pipe fittings from cast iron
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Industrial production index
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • World price of iron ore

  • Current Performance
  • Motoring away
  • In a hole
  • Cast-iron competition
  • Iron ore
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Mixed conditions
  • Global growth
  • Imported inputs
  • Table: Iron Casting Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Iron Casting Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Tool Manufacturing
  • Tap & Valve Manufacturing
  • Mining, Quarrying & Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Ductile iron castings
  • Grey iron castings
  • Malleable iron castings
  • Chart: Iron Casting Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Automotive manufacturers
  • Other
  • Construction machinery manufacturers
  • Water and sewerage companies
  • Oil and gas exploration machinery manufacturers
  • Mining and quarrying machinery manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Iron Casting Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Iron Casting

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Iron Casting Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Castings plc, Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK Ltd, EURAC Poole Ltd, Chamberlin plc,
  • Table: Castings plc - financial performance
  • Table: Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: EURAC Poole Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Chamberlin plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Iron Casting Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Iron Casting Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cast Iron
  • Iron or a ferrous alloy that has been heated and poured into a mould. It has a higher carbon content than steel.
  • Grey Iron
  • The most common form of cast iron. Its name comes from the grey colour that appears when it fractures because of the presence of graphite.
  • Ni-Resist
  • A family of SG irons alloyed with nickel.
  • Spheroidal Graphite (Sg) Iron
  • Also called ductile iron. This type of iron is strong and malleable, easy to cast and is at times preferred to steel castings.
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