The new ALUMINUM USA trade show will provide a comprehensive overview of the entire aluminum industry on November 11-12, 2015 at the Cobo Center Detroit. Over 100 companies from 18 nations are expected to exhibit, with about 40% from the U.S. and Canada and 60% from Europe and Asia, bringing a global perspective to the show. The show will host two international pavilions, one for Germany and the other for Turkey.
ALUMINUM USA will represent the entire value chain of the aluminum industry, beginning with materials and primary production and moving downstream to semi-fabricated producers, secondary remelters and recyclers, fabricators, and final applications, as well as equipment suppliers. The range of semi-finished forms includes ingot, rod, bar, plate, sheet, and extrusions. Associated practices including surface finishing treatments, sawing, heat treatment, machining, and joining, to name a few, will be represented. Around 2,000 visitors, including managers, engineers, and decision-makers, from around the world are expected to attend the event.
The German pavilion has been organized by Reed Exhibitions and is supported by the GDA (German Aluminium Association). Eight German companies have already signed up to participate in the German pavilion, among them leading supplier companies such as SMS group and ANDRITZ Metals. It features a German lounge, where exhibitors and attendees are invited to join in happy hour on show days at 4 pm.
The German aluminum industry outpaced economic growth as a whole in 2014, with all sectors increasing their production significantly, according to the GDA. Aluminum producers increased by over 3.7%, semi-finished products manufacturers by over 2.2%, aluminum casters by over 12.1%, and converters by over 3.9%. “In the coming months [Germany is] expecting volumes to increase in almost all market sectors and we believe business activity in the aluminum sector will develop well this year,” said Christian Wellner, executive director of the GDA (March 2015). The outlook for the German aluminum sector in 2015 is optimistic, with the industry expected to exceed 2014 production levels.
The Turkish pavilion is supported and partially funded by the Istanbul Mineral and Metals Exporters’ Association (IMMIB). Seventeen Turkish aluminum companies have joined the pavilion, including ASSAN, a leading producer of aluminum flat rolled products, and ALCAS, a producer of extruded aluminum architectural systems.
The Turkish aluminum industry is comprised around 1,500 companies, with a primary aluminum production capacity of 65,000 tons per year from Eti Aluminum, according to research and analysis firm, Frost & Sullivan. The country is the major hub for aluminum downstream production. Key aluminum consuming industries, such as automotive, construction, etc., and demand for semi-finished and finished aluminum products for the packaging industry and electric household devices have been influential factors in the growth of the Turkish sector.