With 17 research centres across the globe and an annual investment of £33.2 million in research and development, Vesuvius continues to lead innovation in our industry. From our origins in Pittsburgh to the establishment of our newly opened R&D centre for Advanced Refractories in Visakhapatnam in 2017, we have always innovated for our customers, anticipating the development of breakthrough technology and processes. Today, we are exploring new ways to integrate continuous data capture into our solutions to give our customers the insights they need.
The Vesuvius Crucible Company is founded in Pittsburgh, USA by Francis L. Arensberg, Charles F. Covert Arensberg and Arthur J. Jackman, with financial assistance of Miss Edith Arensberg.
Vesuvius begins developing innovative stopper heads for the steel industry, a process which became a standard for the business and is still developed today.
Eric Weiss establishes Foundry Services, later to become Foseco, in Birmingham, UK. Foseco is now the Foundry business of Vesuvius.
Foseco publishes the first Foseco Foundryman's Handbook.
FEEDEX powder, an exothermic heat source to reduce iron returns and cleaning costs, and FERRUX anti-piping covers are developed by Foseco.
Vesuvius invents ROTOLOK, a pioneering product to control the flow of molten steel.
Foseco develops the exothermic sleeve that reduces the amount of metal needed in the foundry process.
The first R&D centre is built by the Vesuvius Crucible Research Center in Pittsburgh, USA.
ROTOROD MONOBLOC stopper head wins a Gold award as best product at the Leipzig steel trade fair.
Foseco develops SEDEX filters and FEDERCALC, a feeder calculator software.
Vesuvius acquires Flo-con and Lava Crucible, expanding its presence to a further five countries.
VISO plant opens in India, producing Monobloc Stoppers, Ladle Shrouds, Tundish Nozzles, Sub-entry Nozzles and Sub-entry Shrouds for Vizag, Bhilai, Indian Seamless, Kalyani & Sunflag Steel Plants.
Suzhou plant opens in China, producing Nozzles, Stoppers, and Slide Gates.
Foseco develops STELEX ZR filters for steel filtration.
Foseco acquires European foundry chemicals company SMC F group.
Vesuvius acquires Hinckley Group Flogates, a refractory producer of slide gate systems and KSR in Europe and Asia.
Vesuvius acquires Foseco, the commercial brand for the Vesuvius foundry business.
Vesuvius HR group launch the Columbus program started with the aim of rejuvenating our cadre of technical experts and managers and providing sound succession planning.
Vesuvius acquires SERT Metal and Avemis, both of which add to Vesuvius' capabilities in molten metal casting processes.
The first Living the Values Awards was held, recognising exemplary working behaviour in line with our values. The programme will enter its fifth edition in 2017.
First Vesuvius flow control robot installed in a continuous casting plant in Asia.
Global Foundry Research and Development Centre is established in Enschede, Netherlands.
Vesuvius acquires Sidermes and Ecil Met Tec, establishing a Technical Services business specialising in data capture systems that help our customers monitoring their process.
Adding to its Techincal Services offering, Vesuvius acquires Process Metrix, a company based in Silicon Valley that engineers laser beam scanners for steel ladles and converters.
The LAVAGARD family of solutions in the Blast Furnace casthouse launched at METEC in 2015.
Vesuvius celebrates 100 years of innovation.
Appointment of new Chief Executive: Patrick André.
Global R&D centre for Advanced Refractories is established in Visakhapatnam, India.
Vesuvius make a strategic investment in Sapotech Oy, a Finnish technology company offering optical measurement services for the continuous casting process.