Lighten up: Demand for lightweight, fuel-efficient cars will spur demand for aluminum

The Aluminum Manufacturing industry produces a variety of aluminum products, ranging from alumina to finished aluminum sheet and foil. Exports to the United States generate more than three-fourths of industry revenue, making domestic operators highly dependent on both international trade, as well as conditions in US manufacturing and construction markets. Over the past five years, revenue for the Aluminum Manufacturing industry has fluctuated due to volatile aluminum prices and worldwide demand, although strong demand for unwrought aluminum from US manufacturing markets has ultimately driven revenue upward. Despite encountering some challenges over the past five years, the industry is poised for strong recovery and organic growth in the next five years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$12bn
Annual Growth 13-18
4.2%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
12,617
Businesses
109

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Strong demand for unwrought aluminum from US manufacturing markets has ultimately driven revenue upward
  • As governments raise emissions standards, automakers are using lighter aluminum inputs
  • The use of aluminum in cars and airplanes is anticipated to rise to satisfy emissions standards
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Aluminum Manufacturing industry in Canada produces alumina and primary aluminum, as well as processed aluminum products, including sheet, plate, foil, rods, bars and tubes. In addition, some operators produce secondary aluminum from recycled aluminum scraps. Exports of primary aluminum for further processing generate the majority of industry revenue and most exported aluminum is shipped to the United States, which alone accounts for more than three-fifths of industry revenue. Due to its high strength-to-weight ratio, aluminum is widely used as an alternative to steel in light vehicles, commercial aerospace applications and other transportation equipment. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Aluminum Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Aluminum Manufacturing Industry are

  • Access to high quality inputs
  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of aluminum and Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index in the Aluminum Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Aluminum Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry converts or aids in the conversion of the aluminum-bearing ore bauxite into products such as alumina, primary aluminum ingots and rolled or drawn aluminum products, including plate, sheet, foil and extrusions. The industry also includes operators that recover aluminum from scrap, more commonly known as secondary aluminum manufacturers.

    Industry Products
  • Primary aluminum
  • Alumina
  • Secondary aluminum
  • Flat rolled products
  • Extruded products
  • Industry Activities
  • Refining bauxite into alumina
  • Smelting alumina to produce aluminum
  • Producing aluminum powders and pastes
  • Recovering aluminum from scrap
  • Producing aluminum plate, sheet, foil, extrusions or other rolled and drawn aluminum shapes
  • Producing primary aluminum
  • Semi-fabrication of aluminum
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of aluminum
  • Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index
  • Price of electric power
  • Aggregate private investment
  • Demand from car and automobile manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Aluminum market dynamics in North America
  • Domestic demand determinants
  • Consolidation and profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Environmental trends and lightweighting
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Aluminum Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Aluminum Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Nonferrous Metal Foundry Product Manufacturing in Canada
  • Car & Automobile Manufacturing in Canada
  • SUV & Light Truck Manufacturing in Canada
  • Aircraft, Engine & Parts Manufacturing in Canada
  • Space Vehicle & Missile Manufacturing in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission in Canada
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing in Canada
  • Renewable Power in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Primary aluminum
  • Secondary aluminum
  • Extruded products
  • Flat rolled products
  • Other
  • Alumina
  • Chart: Aluminum Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports to the United States
  • Exports to other countries
  • Transportation equipment
  • Containers and packaging
  • Machinery and electrical equipment
  • Construction and building markets
  • Consumer durables
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Aluminum Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Aluminum Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Aluminum Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., Alcoa Inc., Aluminerie Alouette,
  • Table: Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Alcoa Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Aluminerie Alouette - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Aluminum Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Aluminum Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • World price of aluminum (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Alumina
  • A semi-processed form of aluminum obtained when bauxite is refined.
  • Bauxite
  • An aluminum-bearing ore.
  • Drawing
  • A process for producing wire, bar or tube by pulling metal, increasing its length and reducing its diameter. Wire is typically pulled through a series of dies (holes) of decreasing size.
  • Extruding
  • The process of forcing a solid and usually heated metal through an opening with the shape as the desired end product. A hydraulically operated ram is used to push the metal through the opening.
  • Ingot
  • Semi-processed metal shapes that usually require further shaping, such as cold and hot working, cutting or milling to produce a useful final product.
  • Nonferrous Metals
  • Metals other than iron and steel.
  • Primary Manufacture
  • Production of metals in its most basic form, usually done through a smelting process
  • Rolling
  • A process that reduces the thickness of a piece of metal by passing it through successive rotating mills that compress the metal.
  • Secondary Manufacture
  • Refining and blending metal recovered from primary metal production or from recycled metal.
  • Semi-Fabrication
  • Includes several industrial processes for the production of rolled products, extrusions, wire, tubes, forgings and castings.
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