TOKYO Japans rolled aluminum output totaled 1.97
million tonnes in 2012, falling 0.5 percent from 2011 and
reaching its lowest level in three years, according to the
Japan Aluminium Association.
Output of sheet products dropped for a second straight year,
falling 2.3 percent to 1.16 million tonnes.
However, extrusion product output rose 2.3 percent to 811,926
tonnes in the same period, marking three straight years of
gains and the highest level of output since 1996.
The Tokyo-based association said that it is optimistic that
Japanese demand will improve in 2013 on better prospects from
the global automotive industry and more focus on reconstruction
work at home.
The organization also said that the countrys planned
consumption tax hike in 2014 is expected to fuel demand for
housing and other goods in 2013.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.