GDA reports positive production figures for H1 2017 in the German aluminium industry


The German aluminium industry looks back at a successful H1 (photo: GDA)
The German aluminium industry looks back at a successful H1 (photo: GDA)

So far this year, business activity in the German aluminium sector has shown a largely positive trend. Aluminium producers (plus 5.7%) and converters (plus three per cent) both increased production in the first half of 2017, although there was a slight decline (minus 1%) in the production of semis. The expectations for the whole of 2017 remain positive: “Despite political uncertainty, the German economy is reporting good growth,” explains GDA executive member of the managing board Christian Wellner. “Besides these underlying conditions, there are also the positive economic forecasts for aluminium, which are pointing upwards for almost all product sectors in Germany and Europe.”

In Germany, some 660 900t of aluminium were produced during the period January to June 2017. This means production was 5.7% higher than the previous year’s level. Aluminium production during the period comprised 273 100t of primary aluminium and 387 800t of recycled aluminium. The production of primary aluminium was 0.7% higher than the previous year, while production of recycled aluminium rose 9.6%.

German aluminium converters processed some 177 100t of aluminium during the period January to June 2017. Production volume was thus 3% higher than a year earlier. Conversion is divided into three product groups: foil and thin strip, tube, aerosol and other cans, and metal powder. Production of foil and thin strip and metal powder rose 2.8% and 1.9% respectively, but the production increase in the tube, aerosol and other cans category was significantly stronger, with a rise of five per cent.