Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Aluminum Manufacturing industry has endured significant volatility over the past five years due to fluctuations in aluminum prices, which reflect global supply and demand trends. Aluminum prices surged after the recession in response to rapidly rising demand from manufacturers, especially in emerging economies. Higher prices for aluminum products and rebounding demand from major markets, namely the automotive industry, bolstered revenue over 2010 and 2011. In the coming years, the industry is expected to continue to globalize as US and global construction and manufacturing markets gain strength... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The Southeast region of the United States is the major alumina and aluminum producing area, accounting for 30.4% of industry establishments. The other major producing areas are the Great Lakes (28.2% of establishments), the West (12.4% of establishments) and the Mid-Atlantic (10.3%). The Southwest region accounts for 9.2% of establishments and the Plains comprise about 5.2%.
The distribution of the industry across the country reflects a number of factors. Aluminum production is energy intensive, and the relatively low cost of and easy access to electricity in the Southeast and West are key factors in attracting operators to these regions. Access to markets also plays an important role in location choice... purchase to read more