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Aluminum Consumption and Aluminum Extrusion Industry in China

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Aluminum Consumption and Aluminum Extrusion Industry in China

Zitao Wang, and Jingru Liu, Guangdong Non-Ferrous Metals Processing Technology
Committee, Lw Aluminum Processing Technology Service Center, Guangzhou, China

Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Markets and Applications

ABSTRACT—China’s aluminum industry has developed rapidly since it started from scratch in
1949. Most noticeable progress has been made since 1978. Along with the development of
China’s economy and the improvement of quality of life, aluminum consumption in China has
been steadily on the rise. In 2009, aluminum consumption in China accounted for 41 percent of
the world’s total, thereby making a significant contribution to the overall development of the
global aluminum industry. The output of processed aluminum products in 2009 amounted to 16.5
million tons, of which 8.9 million tons were extrusions. Aluminum extrusions are mostly
consumed in building and construction, although there is an increasing trend of consumption in
other sectors. In addition, the technological level of China’s aluminum extrusion industry has
been continuously improved and an industrial value chain established. Notwithstanding the
outstanding developments in the past, China is still a developing country with a large population
and much of the potential for the use of aluminum is yet to be tapped. The huge domestic market
demands for aluminum products will continue to drive the growth of China’s aluminum industry
for many years to come.

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