Holding heat: Revenue is expected to rise, even as enterprise numbers have melted away

The Aluminium Production industry produces aluminium through smelting and the recycling of scrap metals. It also handles basic aluminium processing. Over the past decade, the industry's primary aluminium production capacity has declined considerably. Two smelters, located in Anglesey and Lynemouth, closed in 2009 and 2012 respectively. This left just one operational primary smelter in Lochaber, Scotland, which was operated by Rio Tinto until the end of 2016, when it was acquired by Liberty House, an international commodities business. Volatile metal prices, rising energy costs and lacklustre demand from downstream markets have all buffeted aluminium producers in recent years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£1.5bn
Annual Growth 14-19
0.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
3,611
Businesses
125

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising price of aluminium in the current yearis likely to support industry revenue growth
  • The operator of the UK’s remaining primary smelter has made plans to expand the scope of production
  • Demand for semi-processed aluminium is likely to support revenue over the coming years
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Aluminium Production industry has struggled in recent years. The biggest impediment producers face is high energy prices which, in such an energy-intensive industry, impose prohibitive costs. EU-led drives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions have placed significant pressure on energy-intensive industries such as the Aluminium Production industry. As a result, production has shifted from the United Kingdom and most European countries towards the Middle East. The industry is also heavily affected by shifts in downstream demand and fluctuations in the global price of aluminium. Operators are therefore heavily exposed to global economic conditions, which affect demand for, and the price of, aluminium...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Aluminium Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Aluminium Production Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Access to required utility infrastructure
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from light metal casting and World price of aluminum in the Aluminium Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Aluminium Production Industry?

    Firms in this industry smelt aluminium from alumina, recycle scrap aluminium and produce basic aluminium shapes such as plates, bars, foil and wire. The production of aluminium alloys and rolled aluminium products is included in the industry. Operators also sell unwrought aluminium.

    Industry Products
  • Unwrought primary aluminium
  • Unwrought secondary aluminium
  • Basic shapes
  • Aluminium oxide
  • Industry Activities
  • Smelting primary aluminium
  • Recycling aluminium
  • Manufacturing basic aluminium shapes
  • Producing aluminium alloys
  • Manufacturing unwrought aluminium
  • Producing alumina
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from light metal casting
  • World price of aluminum
  • Demand from light metal packaging manufacturing
  • Total value of construction

  • Current Performance
  • International trends
  • Primary production
  • Consolidation

    and closures

  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Domestic production dulled
  • Buffing up
  • Chinese competition
  • Cushioned by scrap
  • Table: Aluminium Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Aluminium Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Light Metal Casting
  • Metal Door & Window Manufacturing
  • Light Metal Packaging Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Production

  • Products & Services
  • Basic shapes
  • Unwrought secondary aluminium
  • Unwrought primary aluminium
  • Aluminium oxide
  • Chart: Aluminium Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Transport manufacturing industries
  • Construction industries
  • Equipment manufacturing industries
  • Packaging industries
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Aluminium Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Aluminium Production

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Aluminium Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Novelis UK Limited, Norsk Hydro ASA,
  • Table: Novelis UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Norsk Hydro ASA - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Aluminium Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Aluminium Production Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Dross
  • The mass of solid impurities that floats to the surface of a molten metal.
  • Primary Aluminium
  • Aluminium manufactured by smelting alumina.
  • Secondary Aluminium
  • Aluminium that has been recycled by being melted down.
  • Smelter
  • An industrial plant used to produce a metal from its ore.
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