The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the Aluminum Association have released industry estimates of aluminum extrusion shipments in North America by major market for 2014. Domestic consumption of aluminum extrusions in the United States and Canada, which includes imports, totaled an estimated 4.90 billion pounds in 2014, an increase of 7.6 percent over the revised 2013 total of 4.55 billion pounds, according to the report.

This is the fifth year in a row that shipments of extrusions have grown and reflects a nearly 44-percent increase in annual shipments compared to 2009. Aluminum extrusions are the third-largest product segment in the domestic aluminum industry, representing about 18 percent of the total market, according to the report.

“Aluminum extruders and AEC are grateful for the steady recovery we have seen the past five years,” says AEC president Rand Baldwin. “The outlook for future growth is encouraging. It goes to show that, when markets are fair and competitive, North American manufacturers, aluminum extruders in particular, can compete and win.”

Building and Construction continues to be the largest market segment in the extrusion sector with domestic shipments of 1.83 billion pounds, or 37.4 percent of the domestic market for extrusions, the report says. In 2014, shipments in this market segment grew 8.3 percent compared to the previous year.

Doors and windows, representing 31.9 percent of this market segment’s total shipments, grew 10.4 percent over 2013. At 31.7 percent of the building and construction market segment in 2014, shipments to curtainwall, storefronts, and entrances increased by 9.0 percent over 2013.