Automotive aluminium sheet: the road ahead Part 2

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01 December 2015

Automotive aluminium sheet: the road ahead Part 2

Report summary

Aluminium automotive sheet demand and production are closely linked – original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) make the decision to convert from steel to aluminium sheet based on a number of supply considerations, not least the ability of the aluminium rolling industry to supply material on a consistent basis with required volumes and quality. The shift towards greater use of aluminium body sheet (ABS) has triggered considerable investment in corresponding output. Responding to robust demand, all major rollers have made significant investments in new automotive capacity. So far the announced expansions have been based on adding heat treatment lines to existing cold-rolled capacity. We expect this trend to continue and believe that increasing use of ABS will not result in any significant investment in greenfield rolling mills over the next five years.

Table of contents

    • Production of aluminium body sheet
    • Aluminium automotive sheet vs can sheet: how much can be converted?
    • Market balances
    • Challenges of closed loop recycling
  • Conclusion

Tables and charts

This report includes 9 images and tables including:

  • European capacity and production of automotive sheet
  • North American capacity and production of automotive sheet
  • Asian capacity and production of automotive sheet
  • Hot and cold capacity of chosen North American mills
  • Crunch in the US cold rolled capacity is not likely to emerge until after 2020
  • North American balance for automotive sheet
  • European balance for automotive sheet
  • Asian balance for automotive sheet
  • Global balance for automotive sheet

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