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About the Association

Advocacy. Standards. Insight.

The Aluminum Association is the industry’s leading voice in Washington, DC. It provides global standards, industry statistics and expert knowledge to member companies and policy makers nationwide. Highly engaged in public policy and technical forums, the Association is committed to advancing aluminum as the sustainable metal of choice around the world.

Take-Away Facts

  • Aluminum, the miracle metal
    The benefits of aluminum are numerous and impressive—infinitely recyclable, military grade durability, corrosion resistant, lightweight and energy efficient. Aluminum has evolved from a completely unknown element to a precious metal to the sustainable metal of choice for industries around the world. Today aluminum is the cornerstone of modern transportation, building construction and packaging industries.
  • Advocacy
    The Aluminum Association directly engages Members of Congress and federal policy makers to advocate for a vibrant North American aluminum industry. Issues of energy, climate and recycling can impact the 500,000+ industry jobs and $152 billion economic contribution to the U.S. economy.
  • Health, safety and the environment
    Since 1995, energy demand for primary aluminum production has decreased by 26% and the carbon footprint has been reduced by 37%. The committees, reports and special forums, led by the Aluminum Association, have provided information and best practices in support of such process improvements. The Association is also leading discussions and initiatives around key health and safety issues such as combustible dust and casthouse safety.
  • Business Intelligence
    The Aluminum Association is the primary source for statistics and business information on the North American aluminum industry. Through ongoing surveys of more than 100 aluminum producers, the Association delivers data on 100 percent of all primary and nearly 90 percent of all mill output in the United States and Canada. The Association’s more than two-dozen different statistical reports cover every segment of the aluminum market, from orders to shipments to capacity. 
  • Standards
    The Aluminum Association designations and product standards information are used throughout all facets of aluminum commerce, as well as in other organizations’ codes and standards. Most industry product standards for aluminum mill products are published in Aluminum Standards and Data available in both customary and metric editions.
    The Association also publishes the Standards for Aluminum Sand and Permanent Mold Castings which provides engineering and metallurgical standards for casting alloys in metric and U.S. units of measurements.

About the Association

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 $174 billion in economic activity. 

The Association Mission

The Aluminum Association provides value to its membership through its leadership and services by promoting the production and use of aluminum as the sustainable material of choice. The Aluminum Association will:

  • Drive communications that aggressively promote aluminum, while developing stakeholder champions for its sustainability advantages.
  • Provide timely, relevant industry statistics and information on emerging issues for enhanced industry transparency.
  • Create, maintain, monitor and advocate for standards and technical documents that encourage the use of aluminum.
  • Successfully advance regulatory and legislative policy in state, federal and international arenas.
  • Convene forums on emerging and relevant issues in order to strengthen the industry.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices in enhancing global health, environment and safety performance.