Aluminum Production

Aluminum Production

Overview

The 230 aluminum processors in the US produce aluminum and aluminum alloys from bauxite and aluminum scrap. Products include aluminum ingots, slabs, sheets, plates, foils, bars, and extruded shapes. Primary production is the process in which alumina (aluminum oxide) is smelted to create pure aluminum metal. Secondary production is the smelting of recycled aluminum scrap to create aluminum that can be used again.

Volatile Product Prices

Aluminum prices vary with global supply and demand and can be volatile.

High Energy Consumption

Aluminum production consumes high amounts of electricity, natural gas and fuel oil.