Primary aluminum production - U.S. 2009-2019

Primary production of aluminum in the United States rebounded to some 1.1 million metric tons in 2019 after experiencing a sharp drop between 2015 and 2017. In 2017, the United States also witnessed a peak in imports: U.S. imports of aluminum for consumption reached about 6.2 million metric tons in 2017.

Fending off imports

The United States aims to boost domestic production by becoming less dependent on imports, and less dependent on aluminum producers such as China and Russia. Not only is China the world’s largest producer, but the country is also the largest consumer of primary aluminum, accounting for half of the global demand.

About aluminum

Aluminum is one of the most commonly used metals in the world due to its light weight, non-corrosiveness, and high strength. The commodity is used in packaging, building, electronics, and vehicle manufacturing. The base metal is also widely recycled, with over 90 percent of all primary produced aluminum still in production.

Primary aluminum production in the U.S. from 2009 to 2019

Production in thousands of metric tons
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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The 2019 figure is an estimate.
The figures for 2009 to 2014 are taken from previous editions.

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