The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and The Aluminum Association Inc. (AAI) released industry estimates of aluminum extrusion shipments in North America by major markets for 2012. AEC and AAI have collaborated on reporting annual end use figures since 1999, resulting in a more accurate account of extrusion shipments, end uses, and value of the industry, according to the announcement.
According to their figures, domestic consumption of aluminum extrusions in the United States and Canada totaled an estimated 4.05 billion pounds in 2012, an increase of 5.8 percent over the revised 2011 total of 3.83 billion pounds. Building and construction continues to be the largest market segment with domestic shipments of 1.39 billion pounds – or 34.3 percent of the domestic market for extrusions. Shipments in this market segment grew 3 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.
The associations noted that figures on shipments and end uses for 2001 to 2011 have been revised significantly. The revisions are based on extensive research and efforts by members of both associations, and the process included a cooperative effort by billet suppliers and extruders to develop more accurate estimates of shipments and end uses.