29 Oct Cast Metals Federation Undertakes UK Metal Casting Industry Census

The Cast Metals Federation has launched its census of the UK Castings Industry.  With work commencing in September 2017, this significant project is seeking to measure the size, performance, complexity and importance of this foundation industry to UK manufacturing and the wider UK economy.

Why undertake this?

UK business arguably faces some of the biggest changes in a generation.  With the UK leaving the EU and its associated treaties, together with a rise in ‘protectionist’ policies in markets such as the US, this coincides with the UK government’s proposed changes in economic strategy and increases in local government powers.  There is a greater emphasis on the importance of manufacturing coupled with a desire to improve productivity and develop a more balanced UK economy.

The castings industry is a foundation industry, part of the advanced manufacturing supply chain, and provides the components needed for most other sectors within a modern, technologically advanced society.   Industries with robust data about their size, scope and value are clearly better positioned to demonstrate their strategic importance to UK PLC adding weight to discussions with central or regional government and as it is now some years since a full census was completed, the time is now right to conduct a full industry study.

What will this census cover?

The primary focus will be to accurately measure the production tonnage, turnover, investment levels, employee base and technical abilities and processes used by the UK foundry sector.   The secondary focus will be to acquire data about sustainability and productivity in the industry.

In subsequent phases the major issues and concerns of key decision makers in the industry will be explored in more depth, including skills shortages, access to training, research & development, attitudes to innovation, business support structures, business costs, regulatory and compliance issues.

The census will also be investigating the position of the UK’s foundries within key supply chains, whilst also creating an accurate picture of the direct and indirect export markets the sector services.

The collection of up to date information from the industry will enable the Cast Metals Federation to compare results with previous census, to identify trends as well as areas for concern or where strategic focus or action is required to take advantage of opportunities for growth and improvements in productivity.

Dr Pam Murrell, CEO of the Cast Metals Federation, explained, “As the voice of the UK Cast Metals sector, the Cast Metals Federation seeks to champion the benefits and importance of a thriving Cast Metals industry to UK plc, and to promote and support our industry, tackling, collectively with our Members, any issues and concerns that may be holding back future growth and innovation. The census will allow us to evidence the multiple sectors that rely on British castings, explain the financial contribution of the sector, the number of employees within the industry and also the number of jobs that are reliant on our industry within suppliers of raw materials and services to foundries.”

“By including information on productivity, sustainability, energy usage and export performance, the study will provide us and our Council with clear evidence about the size, importance and complexity of the British castings sector and its customers, which will be of great help in steering our priorities discussions with stakeholders, including the UK government.  It is of the utmost importance that the industry engages with this work, contributing information and providing honest and detailed answers and we look forward to speaking to our Members as well as those in the wider industry as this significant project gets underway.”

Angela Mason
Angela Mason