Demand and Consumption

Demand and Consumption

The following North America aluminum statistics are reported by the Aluminum Association of North America. For more information on aluminum demand and consumption, please visit their website at

  • The industry shipped 25.5 billion pounds of aluminum through the end of 2014, a 5.0 percent increase in demand over 2013.

  • Apparent consumption of aluminum (demand less exports) in domestic markets totaled 22 billion pounds through the end of 2014, a 7.3 percent increase over 2013.

  • Total mill product shipments grew 4.5 percent in 2014, led by growth in the extrusion, foil and sheet and plate markets.

  • New orders of aluminum mill products rose 3.9 percent in 2014 and are up 3.0 percent in January year-over-year.

  • Secondary recovery – or recycling – of aluminum is up 4.1 percent year-to-date through November 2014. (U.S. only)

  • Primary aluminum production declined 7.1 percent in 2014 and was down 4.0 percent year-over-year in January.

  • Imports of aluminum (excluding U.S./Canada cross-border trade) rose 20.2 percent in 2014 to 5.5 billion pounds while exports declined 6.8 percent to 7.4 billion pounds.

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