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New Aluminum Statistical Review Shows Demand Growth for Fourth Straight Year

October 15, 2014

Comprehensive Industry Data Through 2013 Now Available in Association Bookstore

ARLINGTON, VA. — Today, the Aluminum Association released the latest edition of the Aluminum Statistical Review for 2013. The 2014 edition of the Review, which features statistics through 2013 in the North American market, includes information on every cycle of the aluminum production process from primary aluminum to markets for finished goods to the recovery of aluminum scrap. The full report is available for purchase in the Aluminum Association bookstore at www.aluminum.org.  

This year’s Review shows continued growth in demand for the metal and positive trend lines in many key market sectors. Among key findings, the report found that in 2013 in the U.S. and Canada:

  • Demand for aluminum (producer net shipments and imports) increased by 2.0 percent to 24.2 billion pounds.
  • Supply of aluminum (domestic primary production, secondary production and imports) grew by 0.9 percent to 25.4 billion pounds.
  • Shipments in the transportation sector grew 4.6 percent to 7.4 billion pounds.
  • Shipments in the building and construction market increased 0.9 percent to 2.6 billion pounds.
  • Container and packaging shipments declined 1.3 percent to 4.6 billion pounds.
  • Net shipments of semi-fabricated or mill products increased 1.5 percent over the previous year to 16.5 billion pounds.

“This Review is an essential tool for anyone looking for a complete understanding of the North American aluminum industry,” said Ryan Olsen, Aluminum Association Vice President for Business Information and Statistics. “The data illustrates the growth in North American demand for aluminum in 2013, and how that growth continues a trend of positive developments that bode well for the industry in the coming years.”

The aluminum industry continues to see positive demand growth in a variety of key markets. In 2013, the industry shipped more than 24 billion pounds of metal for the first time since before the recession. Demand is up nearly one-third (31 percent) overall since 2009 and is approaching record-setting levels not seen since the mid-2000s. Demand in the building and construction sector has grown nearly 11 percent since 2009 while the transportation market has grown an unprecedented 75 percent during the same time period. The aluminum industry has committed to more than $2 billion in domestic capital investment to capture anticipated demand growth in the coming years.   

The Aluminum Statistical Review is intended to support members of the industry, financial analysts, government agencies, students and the general public.  It is divided into five major sections: supply, shipments, markets, foreign trade, and world statistics.  Its contents include text, tables and charts to provide year-end figures and other historic data on U.S. and Canadian shipments, markets, supply and foreign trade.  The latest edition spotlights the last ten years (2003-2013), and also provides historical statistics on the aluminum industry.

To purchase a download of the Aluminum Statistical Review for 2013 members of the Aluminum Association can click here and non-members can click here to visit the Association bookstore.  The member price is $150 and the non-member price is $300.     

For additional information, please contact Ryan Olsen or Hank Sattlethight.  

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The Aluminum Association represents U.S. and foreign-based companies and their suppliers throughout the value chain, from primary production to value added products to recycling.  The Association is the industry’s leading voice, providing global standards, business intelligence, sustainability research and industry expertise to member companies, policymakers and the general public. The aluminum industry helps manufacturers produce sustainable and innovative products, including more fuel efficient vehicles, recyclable packaging, greener buildings and modern electronics.  In the U.S., the aluminum industry creates $152 billion in economic activity. For more information visit www.Aluminum.org, on Twitter @AluminumNews or at Facebook.com/AluminumAssociation

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