Manufacturing plants for sand casting

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This opportunity entails localizing the value chain of sand casting to serve KSA and GCC energy sectors.

Sand casting is one of five metal techniques (closed-die forging, investment casting, open-die forging and rolled-ring forging) used to manufacture energy products in KSA.

In KSA, sand casting is driven by pumps (bearing brackets) and valves (ball, gate, butterfly, globe and check valves).

In 2016, KSA demand for sand casting was valued at USD 178 Mn (18.5% of all five techniques used to manufacture energy products) and estimated to be 58 Ktpa (24% of all five techniques used to manufacture energy products) broken down by the following categories: gate valves: 20.1 ktpa, butterfly valves: 12.4 ktpa, ball valves: 8.7 ktpa, globe valves: 7.3 ktpa, check valves: 6.6 ktpa and pumps: 2.8 ktpa.

Demand for sand castings in KSA is forecasted to increase at an annual growth rate of 3% to reach 87 ktpa.

Beyond the KSA market, investors in Saudi Arabia have the opportunity to tap into the large regional market in the GCC which is expected to witness strong growth fueled by oil and gas production (expected to increase from 54 ktpa in 2017 to 79 Ktpa by 2030).

The increase in demand for sand casting and the limited presence of local players coupled with the Governments push for localization presents a great opportunity for the private sector to invest in establishing manufacturing sand casting plants to serve the KSA and GCC energy sectors.

Beyond manufacturing plants for sand casting, other opportunities exist across the value chain including:

  • Establishing manufacturing plants for investment casting molds, leveraging the presence of ceramic and binders in Saudi Arabia
  • Developing production plants for steel billet and ingots at high scale
  • Establishing metal cleaning, inspection and testing facilities
  • Setting-up heat treatment facilities
  • Establishing CNC lathes and other precision machining equipment for finishing

Opportunity Details

Mining and Metals
To be determined by the investor
To be assessed by investor (cost drivers and other financial figures to be shared upon request)
Investment size
Open to starting the project as soon as possible

Investment Model

Model: Opportunity to consider different operating models
  • Pure private sector model
  • Joint venture with local player

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