Aluminum is the third-largest component of most consumer electronics, and is increasingly becoming a commodity.
Its cheap and abundant and its ubiquitous, so why isn’t it being used more?
That’s the question that’s being asked at the recent Aluminum and the Future conference held in Hong Kong.
At the conference, I spoke with Mike Whelan, the executive director of the Association of Aluminum Depository Trust Companies, and he shared a couple of insights into the market.
The first was that the U.S. is seeing a lot of demand for aluminum.
But the second insight was that in China, the supply of aluminum is limited and there’s not enough demand to satisfy demand.
It’s very difficult for manufacturers to ramp up their production of aluminum, but there is a significant supply gap, he said.
The United States is leading the way in aluminum production, but the problem is that we have a very limited supply of the metal.
The metal is so cheap that it is very difficult to find a place to put it in electronics and other consumer products, he added.
Whelen pointed to the recent explosion of aluminum products as evidence that aluminum is becoming increasingly important.
There are currently over 20 million aluminum cans in the U, including the majority of consumer aluminum cans.
There were 4 million aluminum bars in use in 2014.
According to Whelenga, it’s the U