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Demand and Consumption

The following North America aluminum statistics (effective 2008) are reported by the Aluminum Association of North America. For more information on aluminum demand and consumption, please visit their website at www.aluminum.org


The aluminum supply is comprised of three basic sources: Primary (domestic production from alumina); Imports of ingot and semi-fabricated products; and Recycled (metal from scrap, also known as secondary recovery). In 2008, the aluminum supply in North America totaled 24.5 billion pounds, a decrease of 7.7 percent from 2007. A reported 52 percent of the aluminum used in North America comes from domestically produced primary aluminum while about 34 percent is derived from recycled materials. The remaining amount (14 percent) was imported.


Aluminum demand (producer net shipments plus imports) in North America declined 10.2 percent in 2008 to a total of 22.2 billion pounds. An estimated 18.9 billion pounds of aluminum were shipped to U.S. and Canadian domestic markets. Exports of aluminum ingot and semi-fabricated products increased 2.3 percent over the previous year to 3.3 billion pounds.


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