The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the Aluminum Association released industry estimates of aluminum extrusion shipments in North America by major market for 2015. According to the organizations, domestic consumption of aluminum extrusions in the United States and Canada, including imports, totaled an estimated 5.11 billion pounds in 2015, a 4.6-percent increase over the 2014 total of 4.89 billion pounds.

Building and construction continues to be the largest market segment in the extrusion sector with domestic shipments of 1.91 billion pounds, or 37.4 percent of the domestic market for extrusions. In 2015, shipments in this market segment grew 4.5 percent compared to the previous year. At 33.1 percent of the building and construction market segment in 2015, shipments to curtainwall, storefronts and entrances increased by 8.8 percent over 2014. Doors and windows, representing 32.1 percent of this market segment’s total shipments, grew 4.8 percent over 2014.

This is the sixth year in a row that shipments of extrusions have grown and reflects a 48-percent increase in annual shipments compared to 2009. Aluminum extrusions, in which heated aluminum is forced by a hydraulic press to flow through a die and emerges as an elongated profile of the die shape, is the third-largest product segment in the domestic aluminum industry, representing about 22 percent of the total aluminum market in North America. The AEC and the Aluminum Association have collaborated on reporting annual end-use figures for extrusions since 1999.

Details on shipments and end uses for 1967 to 2015 will be available in the Aluminum Association’s annual fact book, the Aluminum Statistical Review for 2015, which is scheduled for release in the third quarter of this year.