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
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.
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
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.