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Global demand for semi-finished aluminum products in 2017, by sector
Aluminum - global end use by sector 2017
Roughly half of worldwide semi-finished aluminum products in 2017 were consumed by the transport and construction industries, each corresponding to a quarter of the total demand. Aluminum has the second highest level of annual production, in terms of mass, of all metals, after sodium. Aluminum is a base metal that is typically used in alloys with low quantities of other metals and can be found in automobiles, airplanes and drinks cans.

A leading metal

The third most abundant chemical element in earth’s crust is sought after for its light weight and resistance to corrosion. Aluminum is also well-known for being a widely recycled metal, with over 75 percent of all produced aluminum still in circulation and being used. Often the metal is said to lead markets due to its wide use in essential products sectors, that is to say when aluminum consumption falls, this is often indicating that economies may begin to slow, such as when Chinese consumption fell due to Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

China is not only the largest consumer of aluminum, but the nation also has the largest smelter production. China’s energy-thirsty smelters largely run on coal energy. Aluminum production has grown in China over 2019, which has caused coal miners to significantly increase production in order to meet demand.
Global demand for semi-finished aluminum products in 2017, by sector
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April 2018

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2017

Aluminum - global end use by sector 2017
Roughly half of worldwide semi-finished aluminum products in 2017 were consumed by the transport and construction industries, each corresponding to a quarter of the total demand. Aluminum has the second highest level of annual production, in terms of mass, of all metals, after sodium. Aluminum is a base metal that is typically used in alloys with low quantities of other metals and can be found in automobiles, airplanes and drinks cans.

A leading metal

The third most abundant chemical element in earth’s crust is sought after for its light weight and resistance to corrosion. Aluminum is also well-known for being a widely recycled metal, with over 75 percent of all produced aluminum still in circulation and being used. Often the metal is said to lead markets due to its wide use in essential products sectors, that is to say when aluminum consumption falls, this is often indicating that economies may begin to slow, such as when Chinese consumption fell due to Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

China is not only the largest consumer of aluminum, but the nation also has the largest smelter production. China’s energy-thirsty smelters largely run on coal energy. Aluminum production has grown in China over 2019, which has caused coal miners to significantly increase production in order to meet demand.
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