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Statistics of aluminum shipments in Japan in the first quarter of 2021

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1.Shipment volume of aluminum sheet and strip

 In the first quarter of 2021, Japan’s total shipments of aluminum sheets and strips, including domestic demand and exports, were 282,000 tons, an increase of 4.9% year-on-year.  Due to the spread of the epidemic in Japan in the first quarter of 2020, the shipment volume of aluminum sheet and strip has dropped sharply. Therefore, although the shipment volume of aluminum sheet and strip in the first quarter of 2021 is higher than the level of the previous year, it is basically the same as the first quarter of 2019.  Among them, the export volume increased by 38.5% to 41,500 tons; the domestic market demand increased by 0.7% to 240,600 tons.

 From the perspective of consumption, the demand for aluminum sheets and strips in the entire transportation sector (mainly the automobile manufacturing industry) increased by 13.6% to 53,500 tons; the demand for aluminum sheets and strips for aluminum foil blanks and electrical equipment increased by 9.2% and 5.4% respectively; food  The demand for aluminum sheets and strips in industry (mainly canning materials), deep-processed metal products, and construction industries are all lower than the same period last year.

Table 1 Statistics of Japan's aluminum sheet and strip shipments by field in the first quarter of 2021 Unit: 10,000 tons.

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Source: Japan Aluminum Association(JAA)

2. Shipment volume of aluminum extrusion materials

The shipment volume of aluminum extrusion materials in Japan in the first quarter decreased by 0.5% from the same period of the previous year to 174,400 tons.  Among them, the shipment volume for the large consumer sector-the construction and structure industry fell by 3.5% to 98,800 tons, and the shipment volume of aluminum extrusion materials used for window frames and doors fell by 3.3% to 62,900 tons; it was the second largest  The automobile manufacturing industry in the consumer sector increased its demand for aluminum extrusion materials by 7.8% to 35,800 tons; the machinery manufacturing industry also increased its demand for aluminum extrusion materials by 0.8% to 0.91 million tons;  Demand was the same as the same period last year.

Table 2 Statistics of Japan's aluminum extrusion material shipments by field in the first quarter of 2021 Unit: 10,000 tons

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Source: Japan Aluminum Association(JAA)

3. Shipment volume of aluminum foil

In the first quarter, Japan’s total aluminum foil shipments, including domestic demand and exports, were 30,100 tons, an increase of 16.6% over the same period last year.  Among them, the domestic market demand increased by 19.3% to 27,100 tons.

The demand for lithium-ion batteries for consumer products such as portable game consoles has maintained steady growth, leading to a 37.7% increase in the demand for aluminum foil in the electrical equipment industry, of which heat exchangers and lithium-ion batteries have increased by 9.2% and 73.0% year-on-year;  The cargo volume was 7,000 tons, an increase of 6.3%; the demand for aluminum foil for deep-processed metal products also increased by 2.4%; the demand for aluminum foil in the food industry fell by 2.9% to 6,200 tons; the demand for aluminum foil in the construction and structure industries dropped by 6.0%  To 0.05 million tons; the chemical industry's demand for aluminum foil is also lower than the same period last year.  In addition, exports decreased by 2.5% year-on-year to 3,100 tons.

Table 3 Statistics of Japan's aluminum foil shipment volume by field in the first quarter of 2021 Unit: 10,000 tons.

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Source: Japan Aluminum Association(JAA)

 

 


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