European production of Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) castings continues to recover in 2012, according to specialist heat treaters ADI Treatments Ltd.
Speaking from the factory in West Bromwich, Managing Director Simon Day said that the company’s throughput has grown year on year since 2008. Part of the increase is a recovery and growth in domestic orders in addition to new business from continental foundries.
Mr Day added that other major ADI producers have also experienced growth levels and that total UK production now stands at about 8500 tonnes pa.
Mr Day spoke confidently about the future for ADI materials in Europe, “Our USA partners have seen steady growth for more than 10 years and our market in Europe appears to be following the same path. We are expanding our production capacity by more than 50% in the coming months to meet demand from new customers in the Wind Turbine and Automotive industries”.
ADI Treatments Ltd operates special Austempering furnaces utilising controlled atmosphere semi-automatic batch quench technology and is happy to advise on the suitability of Austempered Irons and Steels for customer applications.