25th October 2020

ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS GROW YEAR OVER YEAR

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the Aluminum Association have released their estimates of aluminum extrusion shipments in North America by major market for 2014. Among key findings, domestic consumption of aluminum extrusions in the US and Canada, which includes imports, totaled an estimated 4.9-billion lb in 2014, an increase of 7.6 percent over the revised 2013 total of 4.55-billion lb.

This is the fifth year in a row that shipments of extrusions have grown and reflects a nearly 44 percent increase in annual shipments compared to 2009. Aluminum extrusions, in which heated aluminum is pushed through a hydraulic press fitted with a die that results in a linear profile that is further processed into end products, are the third-largest product segment in the domestic aluminum industry, representing about 18 percent of the total market.

“Aluminum extruders and AEC are grateful for the steady recovery we have seen the past five years, said AEC president Rand Balldwin, “The outlook for future growth is encouraging. It goes to show that, when markets are fair and competitive, North American manufacturers, aluminum extruders in particular, can compete and win.”

Building and Construction continues to be the largest market segment in the extrusion sector with domestic shipments of 1.83-billion lb, or 37.4 percent of the domestic market for extrusions. In 2014, shipments in this market segment grew 8.3 percent compared to the previous year.

Doors and windows, representing 31.9 percent of this market segment's total shipments, grew 10.4 percent over 2013. At 31.7 percent of the Building and Construction market segment in 2014, shipments to curtain wall, store fronts, and entrances increased by 9.0 percent over 2013.

Transportation is the second largest market segment, totaling 1.5-billion lb in 2014 and representing 30.6 percent of total domestic shipments. In total, shipments to transportation end uses increased by 10.8 percent over 2013. Passenger cars, trucks, and buses accounted for 42.8 percent of shipments within this segment in 2014, followed by trailers and semi-trailers at 28.8 percent.

“The transportation sector has shown quite a big increase in shipments in 2014,” said Baldwin. “We are seeing the results of US carmakers striving to lightweight their vehicles based on consumer demand for more fuel efficient vehicles as well as the government-mandated 54.5 mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) by 2025, and extrusions are playing a bigger role in vehicle lightweighting. Truck trailer shipments have been robust as well, and that market is currently one of the strongest for the extrusion industry.”

Other market sectors include consumer durables (9.6 percent), machinery and equipment (10.2 percent), electrical (10.2 percent), and other end uses (2.0 percent). While not for domestic consumption, US and Canadian producers also exported 287-million lb of aluminum extrusions in 2014, representing 5.4 percent of total industry shipments.

The Associations note that some of the historical data included in the “End Use Shipments of Aluminum Extruded Products” report has been revised in this most recent release.  The revision, a collaborative effort by billet suppliers and domestic extruders, includes adjustments to figures on shipments and end use markets for the 2001 to 2013 period.

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