CHICAGO Consumption of aluminum extrusions in the United States and Canada rose last year compared with 2011 as the transportation and building and construction sectors recorded shipment gains.
U.S. and Canadian consumption totaled an estimated 4.05 billion pounds in 2012, up 5.7 percent from 3.83 billion pounds the previous year, according to data from the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the Aluminum Association.
Building and construction remained the biggest market for aluminum extrusions, with 2012 shipments increasing 3 percent to 1.39 billion pounds, or 34.3 percent of the domestic market for extrusions. Doors and windows, which represent 32.6 percent of the building and construction market for extrusions, saw "little growth" in 2012 compared to the previous year, the groups said, while shipments for curtain walls, store fronts and entrances increased 3.7 percent to account for a 30.3-perent share.
Transportation, the second-largest market for aluminum extrusions, consumed 1.18 billion pounds in 2012, accounting for 29 percent of overall shipments, the AEC and the Aluminum Association said. Shipments to transportation end users increased 9 percent compared with 2011 figures. Passenger cars, trucks and buses accounted for 44.8 percent of transportation shipments, and trailers and semi trailers another 32.4 percent.
Other key markets for aluminum extrusions include consumer durables, machinery and equipment, and the electrical sector, the trade groups said. Exports accounted for 6 percent of shipments, they noted.