Aerospace aluminum demand said set to slow

Jun 25, 2013 | 10:43 AM | Frank Haflich

Tags  aerospace, aluminum, ICF SH&E, Peter Zimm, composites, titaniumj, Frank Haflich

NEW YORK — Aerospace demand for aluminum will grow at a significantly slower rate than for other major materials during the coming decade, as production of composite-heavy twin-aisle airliners ramps up, an aircraft industry analyst said during AMM’s Aluminum Summit last week.

Aerospace aluminum demand will increase at a "relatively steady" rate of 0.7 percent from 2012 to 2022, Peter Zimm, a principal at consultancy ICF SH&E, a unit of Fairfax, Va.-based ICF International Inc., said. This will be the lowest of all major raw materials, led by composites, at 9.7 percent; titanium alloys, at 7.2 percent; superalloys, at 4.4 percent; and steel alloys, at 1.3 percent.....

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