Aluminium in Asia

Aluminium is the fastest growing metal industry sector of our time. With its wide range of possible applications due to its unique attributes Aluminium plays an important role for the advancement of the world's leading and developing industry nations. Thanks to its booming economy China is set to remain the world’s largest aluminium consumer in coming years.  Already accounting for more than 40% of global aluminium consumption, China is projected to have an even higher share in consumption over other industry nations in the future. The other major consumers of aluminium are Japan, Europe and the US.

Aluminium Consumption of 2012 in million tons:

Aluminium Consumption
Source: Brook Hunt (Wood Mackenzie Company)

The demand for aluminium in developed regions comes mainly from the rapidly growing transportation and automotive industries.  In developing countries it is usually the construction sector that has the highest need for aluminium.  The industries in China that consume the most aluminium are construction and transportation.  This fact clearly illustrates the country’s growing industrial maturity, together with its rising tendency to close the technological gap between Japan and Europe. 

China is not only the world’s largest automobile manufacturing & consumption country with 18.6 million sold vehicles each year and a 16% increase in sales in May 2012 over 2011. The country furthermore will need 2,700 new large-scale passenger aircrafts like Boeing or Airbus over the next 20 years and plans to support local trade and consumption. As a result, the Chinese aluminium industry is supported by a broad spectrum of application sectors: 

Transportation: 22%
Consumer goods: 19%
Construction: 16%
Electrical industry: 13%
Packaging: 10%
Equipment: 10%
Others: 10%

Aluminium Facts & Figures:
• China’s Production in 2011: 18 million tonns
• China’s consumption in 2011: 20,6 million tonns

Aluminium Forecast:
• From 2010 to 2020, China will see a 10% year-on-year growth in aluminum demand. 
• The country will produce 25.6 million tons of the metal by 2016;
45 million tons by 2025
• Across other parts of Asia, demand for aluminum will rise from 8 million tons in 2010 to 16 million tons in 2020.

Source: Brook Hunt (Wood Mackenzie Company), Novelis

South Korea
As one of the world's fastest growing exporters of industrial products, South Korea imports aluminium plates & sheets as well as unwrought aluminium ingots from China to supply their local demand and export the processed aluminium products to overseas customers. At each edition of ALUMINIUM CHINA, visitors from South Korea make up the largest demographic of international attendees to the show.  In 2013, over 220 South Korean industry professionals and buyers are expected at the event.  Click here to learn more about our travel packages for South Korean attendees

As an importer of various forms of aluminium from China, Japan is Asia’s second largest consumer of aluminium, with up to 5% of the global total.  Due to extensive demand from the rapidly growing automobile industry and construction sector, Japan is China's leading importer of aluminium structures and unwrought aluminium. 

In the world, due to the massive urbanization and industrial development currently fueling the country’s economic growth.  As one of the major sources of international visitors to ALUMINIUM China, India plays an increasingly important role in China’s future development. 

To serve Indian visitors even better, the organizers of ALUMINIUM CHINA have launched a dedicated Indian Visitor Program that provides targeted on-site offerings  for diverse industry sectors, as well as travel services and factory visits around Shanghai.  Interested industry professionals can contact Inorbit Tours (email:  Alternatively, get in touch with the exhibition organizers, Reed Exhibitions China, for more information about the activities and services included.  Click here to learn more about our Indian Visitor Program.

In previous editions of ALUMINIUM CHINA the event mainly attracted India’s aluminium smelters, casters, extruders, manufacturers of aluminium conductors/cables and buyers from the packaging, home appliance and automotive industries.  Some of these visitors prefer to buy aluminium production and processing equipment from China; others have sought high precision technology from Japan, Korea and Europe.

South East Asia
More than 15% of international visitors to ALUMINIUM CHINA are expected to come from rapidly emerging industry sectors in Southeast Asia.  Representatives from the region’s major aluminium smelting nations, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as visitors from Thailand, Malaysia attend ALUMINIUM CHINA to predominantly source aluminium plates, sheets, foils and tubes. They also come to find appropriate equipment to process materials through extrusion, punching, cutting, sawing or welding.  Click here to learn more about our travel packages for Southeast Asian visitors.

Click here to learn more about the targeted attendee program and visitor delegations at China


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