ALUMINIUM 2014 Set New Records
A total of 934 exhibitors (2012: 907 / +3 %) from 50 nations put on display the entire production and processing chain – from smelting and processing to semi-finished and finished goods to recycling. At the same time, ALUMINIUM set a new visitor record. Counting 24261 visitors (2012: 21508 / +13 %), the world’s leading trade fair experienced another massive increase.Major orders from the aerospace industry and expanding markets in the automotive sector: aluminium is the metal experiencing the strongest demand increases globally. The automotive and aerospace sectors are the driving forces propelling this sales bonanza. 140 kg, the amount of aluminium that goes into each car built in Europe has tripled since just 20 years. At 160 kg, that share is even higher in the US. What’s more, forecasts call for continued growth, according to statements released by the industry association at ALUMINIUM 2014. ALUMINIUM underscored its role as a global marketplace and recorded important gains, especially from abroad. The level of internationality – meaning the share of international exhibitors – climbed to 6 3% (2012: 59 %). The corresponding value for visiting companies marked a new record high at 56 % (2012: 53 %). Today, nearly one in four foreign visitors comes from outside Europe – an absolute top value in the international trade fair business. The economic trend index tallied for ALUMINIUM by an independent and representative market research company on behalf of Reed Exhibitions indicated that more than 60 % of the companies surveyed expect demand to continue to increase, while 30 % assume that the currently positive economic situation will at least hold steady. Only one in ten companies expects a moderate or slightly downward development. The US market, the aluminium industry’s third-largest global market with total industry sales of USD 35,0 billion, has grown by 4,7 % annually since 2009, resulting in overall growth of 30 % over the last five years. Here too, the automotive and aerospace industries are key growth drivers. In the automotive sector alone, the demand for aluminium in the US increased by 22,1 % last year (Source: IBISWorld Industry Report, July 2014). The next ALUMINIUM trade fair will take place from 29 November – 1 December 2016 in Düsseldorf.