Bypassing the crisis and focusing on national production, Brazil reaches the highest aluminum consumption in history and billionaire investments are projected until 2025

Sabrina Moreira Paes
10-05-2022 20:09:37
in Economics, Business and Politics
aluminum factory with lined materials Bypassing the crisis, Brazil reaches the highest consumption of aluminum in history | Photo: Canva Pro

The aluminum sales volume reached more than 1,500 tons in 2021 and made history on the national scene

São Paulo, May 10, 2022 – The aluminum sector is more heated than ever, according to data from the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL). After all, more than 1,583.9 thousand tons were sold in 2021, the highest amount since the first analysis of this market, carried out in 1972. This represents an increase of 10.9% compared to 2020 and reinforces investment expectations. The CBA is concrete proof of these numbers.

You know what's more interesting? the power of national production. Of this total aluminum volume, approximately 1,393.4 thousand tons, that is, 88%, were manufactured in the national territory, which represents an increase of 10.6% in relation to previous years. In addition, imports increased by 12.7%. This result reaffirms the potential of domestic aluminum, which goes beyond the barriers imposed by the crisis and manages to grow exponentially and sustainably.

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The consumption of slabs was the main protagonist of this achievement, with sales that reached the incredible mark of 800.6 thousand tons, which represents an increase of 16.2% in relation to the previous year. This is a result of the increased activity in the packaging segment, which alone accumulated more than 40% of aluminum sales volume.

With the exception of aluminum dust and cables, all household products saw a rise in sales volume.

The sales volume of processed aluminum products for domestic use is really impressive. See the numbers:

  • Extruded: 245.8 thousand tons in 2021, 17.2% more than in the previous year;
  • Castings: 157.8 thousand tons, 16.7% more than in the previous year;
  • Laminates: 889.1 thousand tons, 14.9% more than in the previous year;
  • Destructive: 42.9 thousand tons, 16.3% more than in the previous year;
  • Others: 41.9 thousand tons, 25.1% more than in the previous year.

Cables and dust showed a drop in sales volume, but little significant in the general context. Check out:

  • Cables: 180.8 thousand tons, 15.1% less than in the previous year;
  • Dust: 25.6 thousand tons, 5.2% less than the previous year;

The quarterly analysis of domestic consumption of processed aluminum products, carried out by ABAL, provides very interesting data, which points to an excellent recovery of the market from the end of 2020 to the beginning of 2021. See Graph 1 below.

Quarterly Analysis Table of products transformed into Aluminum: Source ABAL
Table of Quarterly analysis of products transformed into Aluminum : Source ABAL

Note that the pandemic brought a large drop in sales volume and loss of investments, especially in the second quarter of 2020, which marked the beginning of this global catastrophe. However, the sector achieves a significant and growing recovery from the third quarter of 2020.

sThe transport segment leads the percentage increase, but the packaging segment still has the highest sales volume

Several segments use aluminum and had an increase in sales volume taking into account our national production. However, the transport sector showed an increase of more than 25% compared to 2020. Even so, the highlight goes to the packaging sector which reached the impressive mark of 638.7 thousand tons, a value 9.6% higher than the previous year. Check the values in Graph 2.

Regarding the performance of the main aluminum consuming segments, as shown in Graph 2, most showed double-digit growth. The exception was Electricity, which registered a drop of 11.3%, reflecting the reduction in metal consumption in power transmission line projects in the country.

Table by Market Segment of Products Transformed into Aluminum: Source ABAL
Table by Market Segment of Products Transformed into Aluminum: Source ABAL

Note that the electricity sector was an exception and had a drop of more than 11% in sales volume, compared to 2020. This reflects the replacement of aluminum by other products for structuring transmission lines in Brazil.

The forecast for 2022 is for the expansion of aluminum production capacity and investments to meet the new demands

ABAL experts are optimistic and point to an even greater increase in sales volume for 2022. What is expected is an increase of 4.9%, which means a total of 1,662 thousand tons, breaking the record reached in 2021.

For this, the sector must inject approximately R$ 30 billion until 2025 to increase the infrastructure and modernization, in addition to sustainability issues. In this way, the sector will meet the new sales demand and also generate greater autonomy in energy generation and diversify energy sources, which contributes to the environmental front.

After all, who is ABAL?

Created in 1970, the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) is a body that gives voice to all Brazilian segments associated with aluminum production, from bauxite suppliers to recyclers and processed aluminum producers. In addition, ABAL prepares reports containing statistics that are of interest to the segment and to the country's economic growth, helping to understand market needs, supply and demand and further updating of professionals.

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