Aluminum Production


The 366 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.

High Energy Consumption

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

Volatile Product Prices

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