Vesuvius plc, announces that it has invested £4.5m in the establishment of a new, dedicated R&D Centre for its Foundry Business Unit, Foseco. The facility, which is located in Enschede, the Netherlands, covers an area of 4 500 m2 and is equipped with state of the art analytical equipment, chemical lab, and a test foundry.
Pavel Holub, Global R&D Director Foundry commented, “this exciting new centre offers a world class innovation environment which will allow us to attract the best talents from all around the world helping us to drive the creation of innovative solutions, new products and services for the foundry industry.”
George Coulston, Chief Technology Officer for Vesuvius plc said "This represents a significant step forward in the Vesuvius strategy of maintaining its technology and innovation leadership position across all business lines and further demonstrates our commitment to providing our foundry customers with the leading edge innovations they require".
The facility will bring together Foseco’s metal treatment, feeding, filtration, binders and coatings research and development activity under one roof. Crucible and refractory R&D will remain in a second facility in Pittsburgh, USA.
Glenn Cowie, Business President of Foseco stated, “Foseco has a proud history of innovation through the introduction and development of technologies such as metal filtration, feeding systems and automated metal treatment processes, which have gone on to become industry standards. With our unique combination of technology, application expertise and foundry process know-how, we are ideally positioned to work even closer with our customers to develop the iron, steel and non ferrous foundry technologies of tomorrow.”