Analysis of the world economy and its development trends indicates a constantly increasing share of foundry casting as a technique of processing and manufacturing of metal products. Foundry casting is one of the most important sectors of the Polish industry. Development of an industry is chiefly determined by the condition of sectors that use its production, among other factors. Castings are sold to many industries, mostly to the automotive sector, which is the consumer of over 50 % of the world's cast production. For years, transport, shipbuilding, energy, agriculture, construction, mining, metallurgy, and machine industries have also been significant customers for castings. The article presents developments of the foundry industry in Poland in the years 2011-2015. Its main purpose is to analyse and assess development of the foundry sector in Poland in 2011-2015. General statistical changes are addressed in this discussion. The assessment of the casting market in Poland takes into account the state and ownership structure of Polish foundries, production volumes and exports of Polish castings as well as employment and productivity of foundries. Future directions of change in the context of the ongoing R&D in the industry examined have been identified. The analysis produces an organised view of the changing structure of foundry production and, consequently, development of the foundry industry in the years analysed. Data from the National Office for Statistics and industry specific studies were employed.Keywords: Foundry industry, development, casting market in Poland
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