Aluminum production top countries 2014-2018

In 2018, China had a total smelter production of some 33 million metric tons of aluminum. As the most widely used non-ferrous metal, aluminum is used to manufacture a large variety of products such as in the construction industry, the transportation industry, the packaging industry, and many more.

Aluminum companies

In 2017, the leading producer of primary aluminum worldwide was Hongquiao Group from China. That year, they produced 7.5 million metric tons of aluminum. Rio Tinto Alcan from Canada was the fifth leading producer of aluminum that year. In 2018, they produced about 633,500 metric tons of copper and about 3.5 million metric tons of aluminum. Alcoa, from the United States, brought in about 6.8 billion U.S. dollars in sales from its aluminum segment in the 2018 fiscal year. Following aluminum was alumina, which generated 4.2 billion U.S. dollars in sales that year.

U.S. aluminum production

U.S. primary aluminum production has slowly decreased since 2009. In 2009, the U.S. produced about 1.7 million metric tons of primary aluminum. In 2018, they produced 890,000 metric tons of aluminum.

Countries with the largest smelter production of aluminum from 2014 to 2018

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Estimated.
This statistic was assembled using several editions of the report.

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