A small portion of the operations for which customers request local production will in future be carried out with local partners. The foundry in Canada produces pressure-cast light-metal components for the automotive industry and other industrial segments and generated sales of about CHF 10 million in 2008. The automotive industry accounts for about three quarters of the total.
Owing to the plant's subcritical mass as a result of the steep fall in new orders, it is no longer possible to run the Montreal facility cost-effectively. The shift of the most important operations to the modern light-metal foundry in Suzhou is yet another measure taken by Georg Fischer swiftly to adjust to the tougher economic situations and thereby cut its costs.