Since the 1999 survey, AEC and the Aluminum Association have been collaborating and reporting annual end-use figures jointly, resulting in a more accurate account of aluminum extrusion shipments.Both associations' members are reporting their shipments to an independent market research firm.The Council's annual End Use Shipments Survey provides participants' data on 2002 shipments, as well as participants' data since 1997.The survey computes and summarizes the changes within each specific market segment. Market segments consist of building and construction, transportation, consumer durable goods, electric, machinery and equipment, distributors and jobbers, exports, and other. The 2002 survey compiled data from 51 survey participants who had combined shipments of slightly less than 3.3 billion pounds.
Once again in the 2002 Survey the Building and Construction segment, at 34.5 percent, was the largest market segment for aluminum extrusions. Survey participants indicated shipments of approximately 1.13 billion pounds in this segment. Within the segment itself, primary doors and windows continue to dominate the category.
Shipments in the transportation segment, .8 billion pounds, once again accounted for approximately 24.7 percent (24 percent in 2001) of the total market. As in past years, the Distributor/Jobber market remains the third largest segment at 18.3 percent of the reported shipments.
The Aluminum Extruders Council is the association of the world's leading manufactures of extruded aluminum profiles - The Shapemakers.