Aluminium production worldwide

The global demand for aluminium has increased strongly in recent years – not least because of the dynamic development in Asia, and in China in particular. The figures presented here give an overview of the production of aluminium worldwide.

Production of primary aluminium worldwide

Some 63 million tonnes of primary aluminium were produced worldwide in 2018. Steady growth has been reported since 2014. Production stayed about the same year-on-year in 2018. Asia showed a slight increase of 46 million tonnes in 2018 as in the year before. In all other regions of the world there was a slight decline or stable level in production compared with 2017.

Production of primary aluminium

in 1000s tonnes 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
total 53,900 57,600 59,400 62,400 62,600
Europe 7,500 7,900 7,900 8,200 8,000
Asia 36,500 40,200 42,400 45,400 46,000
Africa 1,700 1,700 1,700 1,700 1,700
America 6,100 5,800 5,400 5,300 5,000
Oceania 2,100 2,000 2,000 1,800 1,900

Production of recycled aluminium worldwide

Global production of recycled aluminium stayed at about the same level in 2018, compared to the previous year. The production figures showed an increase especially in Asia. Of the quantity of more than 19 million tonnes recycled aluminium produced globally, the Asian continent accounted for about 58 per cent, America for about 25 per cent and Europe for about 16 per cent.

Production of recycled aluminium

in 1000s tonnes 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
total 15,500 15,600 16,000 17,000 19,300
Europe 3,000 2,900 2,900 3,200 3,100
Asia 7,800 8,200 8,400 9,000 11,300
Africa >0 >0 >0 >0 >0
America 4,700 4,500 4,700 4,800 4,900
Oceania >0 >0 >0 >0 >0

Contact

Dr. Andreas Postler

Head of Economics and Trade Policy

Phone: +49 211 4796-118
e-mail: andreas.postler@aluinfo.de