The Air That I Breathe.
No, not the famous hit by the Hollies but literally the air that I breathe when wandering round a foundry although if you want to see what the Hollies’ song is like, the link’s here. Going back in time, the public perception of a foundry and it’s working environment was something out of a Dickens’… Read More
How Many Foundries Does It Take To Make An Industry – Part 3
Following on from my previous two posts about the recent Foundry Census, the Cast Metals Federation (CMF) has published it’s latest thoughts on it. This time, it’s very much focused on the foundry industry’s contribution to recycling and resource efficiency, something which we’ve been doing for years, long before it became the hot topic it… Read More
A Sheffield Legend
Anyone from Sheffield, the town I was born in and where my family has been involved in melting metal for over two hundred years, will probably recognise the name Brendan Ingle. He’s the Sheffield Legend in the title of the post. His legendary status comes from the boxing gym he founded in the east end… Read More
How Many Foundries Does It Take To Make An Industry (Part 2)
As a follow on to the first post, the CMF has done a second press release for the recent foundry census. You can read it here. Regards, Mike Naylor
How Many Foundries Does It Take To Make An Industry.
Slightly odd question maybe but according to the latest foundry census, about 480 in the UK. The census was commissioned by the Cast Metals Federation (CMF), the work being carried out by Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), and gives a snapshot of the UK foundry industry, it’s relevance to the economy, it’s strengths and weaknesses and… Read More
Paddle Your Own Canoe
Getting on for forty years now, I’ve been involved with running foundries. One of the things that has grown in importance and frustration over this time has been the ability to access craft and technical training tailored to the foundry industry. I was lucky. I was one of the last people to be able to… Read More
A Little Bit of History
Every now and then a job comes along that stands out from the routine. It can be for all sorts of reasons. Technically challenging, innovative, stuff that pushes the boundaries. Sometimes though, the ones that stick in the memory are nothing to do with those sorts of things but are remembered due to where we… Read More
So cast iron is just cast iron, right?
Over the years, I’ve had many discussions with a wide variety of people about cast iron. One topic that crops up time and time again is people’s understanding of what a cast iron based material can achieve. The conversation usually goes something like this. Customer – “But surely cast iron is just cast iron. I’m… Read More
Welcome to Durham Foundry’s Blog
Hello everyone and welcome to Durham Foundry’s first blog post. I’ve been wanting to create this for a while and the recent upgrade of our websites (courtesy of the guys at Splendid Apple) was the ideal opportunity. So, to start off our foray into the wonderful world of blogging, check out our new websites. Tech… Read More