Safe Metal

Who are we

Safe Metal, world leader in green sand cast steel components

A subsidiary of the Safe Group, a leading international industrialist, Safe Metal is the world leader in green sand cast steel components. In each of its markets, Public works and mining, Heavy-duty trucks, Rail transport, Handling and lifting, Agricultural machinery, Defense vehicles, Safe Metal supports its clients in a process of co-design of products meeting their needs for components in cast steel.

Turnkey solutions developed for each of our clients’ markets

The shaped steel components produced by Safe Metal benefit from know-how based on:

  • 9 factories (7 foundries and 2 plants specialized in machining), located in Europe, Mexico and China, efficient and complementary, with a total capacity of 78,000 tons of products per year;
  • international and multidisciplinary teams capable of offering optimized solutions and services to all global manufacturers;
  • a constant commitment to technical progress and innovation to develop the products and production processes of tomorrow.

Our history


Over 50 years of industrial culture and international growth

The original activity of the Safe Group, the foundry forged the industrial culture of the company. The vision of Marc Génot pursued and amplified by Gérard Mura has been to continually maintain the technological leadership of the teams and equipment to offer clients a global and personalized service accompanying the needs of the markets in which they are involved. It is in this perspective that from factories in eastern France, Safe Metal has acquired a reputation as a specialist in green sand cast steel components throughout the world.
Constitution of Aciéries et Fonderies de l’Est
Merger of 2 family companies created in 1918, and carrying out a production activity of cast steel on models: Aciéries et Fonderies du Doubs (Sainte-Suzanne) & Fonderie Maître (Colombier-Fontaine)
Acquisition of Fonderies et Aciéries Electriques de Feurs
They will subsequently be renamed Feursmétal then Castmetal Feurs.
Creation of the company FWF
Aciéries et Fonderies de l’Est becomes AFE.
Creation of the company Feurst (Feurs - France)
Distribution company specializing in wear parts for public works machinery.
Creation of the company FWF of Mexico (Cuauhtémoc-Mexico)
Acquisition of the assets of a Chinese company to create the company AFE Métal Castings Xuzhou (Xuzhou - China)
Subsequently became Castmetal Xuzhou
AFE changes its name and becomes Safe. The branches are also renamed
The corporate names of the branches are harmonized around a common root: Castmetal, then added to the name of the city where the plant is located.
Creation of the company Castmetal Vitoria (Vitoria - Spain)
After acquisition of the assets of the Novacero steel foundry.
Creation of the company Castmetal Leon
By taking over the assets of the Endaki Tecnocast foundry (La Robla - Leon - Spain).
Deployment of the Industry 4.0 approach
To accelerate the Group's growth and launch a program of new industrial acquisitions.
Sale of the company Castmetal Leon
Acquisition of the Mécanique2L group
The Branch Safe Metal continues its strategic value integration plan with the acquisition of the Mécanique2L group, a recognized specialist in machining.
Acquisition of the Nantong Rising Machinery Manufacturing Co, Ltd factory in China
The Safe Metal Division is pursuing its strategy of growth and value integration by acquiring Nantong Rising Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd, a steel foundry with a machining capacity of 20,000 tons, autonomous in machining.
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    cumulative experiences


Established as close as possible to its clients around the world, Safe Metal is the world leader in high value-added steel foundry for the transport, handling and construction markets. A long-term partner who invests in creating sustainable value, Safe Metal provides its clients with turnkey solutions. With the expertise and experience built up over 150 years, Safe Metal supports its clients from design to commissioning for parts ranging from one gram to several tons.

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Research and development

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