With 7 research centres across the globe and an annual investment of £26 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 Global Foundry R&D Centre in Enschede in 2014, 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.

1916

1916

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.

1919

1919

Vesuvius begins developing innovative stopper heads for the steel industry, a process which became a standard for the business and is still developed today.

1932

1932

Eric Weiss establishes Foundry Services, later to become Foseco, in Birmingham, UK. Foseco is now the Foundry business of Vesuvius.

1946

1946

Foseco publishes the first Foseco Foundryman's Handbook.

1948

1948

FEEDEX powder, an exothermic heat source to reduce iron returns and cleaning costs, and FERRUX anti-piping covers are developed by Foseco.

1958

1958

Vesuvius invents ROTOLOK, a pioneering product to control the flow of molten steel.

1960

1960

Foseco develops the exothermic sleeve that reduces the amount of metal needed in the foundry process.

1964

1964

The first R&D centre is built by the Vesuvius Crucible Research Center in Pittsburgh, USA.

1974

1974

ROTOROD MONOBLOC stopper head wins a Gold award as best product at the Leipzig steel trade fair.

1982

1982

Foseco develops SEDEX filters and FEDERCALC, a feeder calculator software.

1989

1989

Vesuvius acquires Flo-con and Lava Crucible, expanding its presence to a further five countries.

1992

1992

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.

1996

1996

Suzhou plant opens in China, producing Nozzles, Stoppers, and Slide Gates.

1996

1996

Foseco develops STELEX ZR filters for steel filtration.

1998

1998

Foseco acquires European foundry chemicals company SMC F group.

1998

1998

Vesuvius acquires Hinckley Group Flogates, a refractory producer of slide gate systems and KSR in Europe and Asia.

2008

2008

Vesuvius acquires Foseco, the commercial brand for the Vesuvius foundry business.

2010

2010

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.

2011

2011

Vesuvius acquires SERT Metal and Avemis, both of which add to Vesuvius' capabilities in molten metal casting processes.

2012

2012

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.

2013

2013

First Vesuvius flow control robot installed in a continuous casting plant in Asia.

2014

2014

Global Foundry Research and Development Centre is established in Enschede, Netherlands.

2014

2014

Vesuvius acquires Sidermes and Ecil Met Tec, establishing a Technical Services business specialising in data capture systems that help our customers monitoring their process.

2014

2014

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.

2015

2015

The LAVAGARD family of solutions in the Blast Furnace casthouse launched at METEC in 2015.

2016

2016

Vesuvius celebrates 100 years of innovation.