Metalcasters Cautiously Optimistic About 2023

America’s metalcasters are cautiously optimistic about business conditions for 2023, according to a new “Quarterly Metalcasters Outlook Survey” released by the American Foundry Society.

  • Grinding Equipment 39%
  • Robotics 35%
  • Conveyors 35%
  • Lab Equipment 31%
  • Cranes & Hoists 29%
  • Molding Equipment 27%
  • Environmental Controls 25%
  • Inspection & Testing Equipment 24%
  • Melting Equipment 22%
  • Air Compressors 22%
  • Machine Tools 20%
  • Blast Cleaning Equipment 20%
  • Core-making Machines 18%

Metalcasters continue to identify a shortage of workers and inflation as the two most nettlesome challenges. On the worker availability front, 39% have seen an improvement over the past six months, but 19% say the problem has gotten worse over the same period.


The American Foundry Society is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $46 billion metalcasting industry. AFS is the only association serving the entire industry, including all metals and processes, with a three-part focus on advocacy, education, and innovation. AFS also publishes Modern Casting and Casting Source magazines and presents Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo, the largest metalcasting trade events in North America. Founded in 1896, the organization is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. More information is available at