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Latest outlook for U.S. aluminum rolling and drawing companies

Posted by IndustryNet on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

100000279aluminum_rollingEmployment is growing in aluminum rolling and drawing as this industry sector serves the markets from food packaging to construction. Rolled products utilize almost 50 percent of aluminum alloys.

The demand for aluminum wiring, a drawn product, has increased 20 percent during the last decade.

According to data compiled by IndustryNet, there are 57 aluminum drawing and rolling companies providing 7,035 jobs. Employment has increased by 0.36 percent over the past year. Current average sales stand at $6.77 billion, which is unchanged during the same period.

The majority of aluminum and drawing companies, 24 or 42 percent are located in the South. The Midwest has a similar number; 22 or 39 percent. The Northwest houses seven facilities or 12 percent, with the lowest number, four or 7 percent in the West.

There are 36 companies that distribute domestically. Slightly more than a third of the companies, 20, involved in aluminum rolling and drawing, distribute internationally. Manufacturers importing raw materials constitute 23 percent of the sector.

The rolling procedure begins with a slab of aluminum which passes through a roughing mill. Processing continues by hot rolling and with a finishing mill. The metal may go on to undergo cold rolling and conversion to products of varying thicknesses.

Hot rolling processes the highest tonnage of any manufacturing process. Cold rolling is the most common cold metalworking process. Drawing, which stretches metal, is also classified as a cold process. This type of fabrication produces products such as wire.

Packaging

The requirements of the packaging industry contribute to increased use of rolled aluminum products. Novelis Corp. is the largest global producer of these products for the beverage can industry.

Logan Aluminum Inc. is also a significant player in the beverage can market. The global demand for beverage cans is predicted to grow between 3.7 and 4 percent this year, with the increase spurred by emerging markets. About 60 percent of these cans are used for carbonated beverages, the sales of which are sluggish.

The beer industry, which has a demand that is strong and growing, uses the remaining 40 percent of cans. The packaging of beer in metal has increased from 50 percent in 2010 to 58 percent, as the use of bottles decreases.aluminunm mold sheets

Lighter weight aluminum is cheaper to ship that heavy glass. In an era of increasing transportation costs, this disparity can confer a distinct advantage on aluminum cans.

Aluminum formed into tubes has found use in beauty products. The global market for aluminum tubes for the cosmetics industry is expected to hit $9.3 billion by 2021. The sustainability of aluminum as compared to plastic is also a consideration for both consumers and producers of personal care items.

Aircraft

Another leading aluminum rolling and drawing company, Aleris, has introduced innovative low-density alloys designed for use in aerospace.

Aleris expects the weight savings from these new materials to translate into lower operating expenses for the airline industry through reduced fuel costs. The new product is also tolerant of extreme temperatures and repeatably recyclable.

Aluminum wire

The use of aluminum for electrical wiring has been growing since World War IIGeneral Cable is a significant provider of electrical wire products.

Aluminum provides an equivalent capacity to copper at half the weight. Aluminum wire is increasingly popular with both utilities and builders as well as with manufacturers of aircraft and appliances.

It is now the preferred material for both transmission and distribution of electricity.

Finding rolled and drawn aluminum products

IndustryNet maintains updated data on over 420,000 manufacturers and suppliers. Use of this free online resource will yield a list of rolled and drawn aluminum providers by location, company type, capabilities, standards and ownership. 

 

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