The International Aluminium Institute Launched Global Trade Visualiser

The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, launched a new web-based tool to visualise the aluminium value chain, from bauxite to scrap, including inter-regional trade flows.

In a fast changing sector, which has seen new regions of production and consumption – led by China – grow at unprecedented rates in recent years, understanding inter-regional flows of raw materials and final products has never been more important. The IAI's mass flow visualisation, allows users to manipulate an animated Sankey diagram, showing the production, consumption and trade of bauxite, alumina, ingots (primary and recycled), semis, final products and scrap across nine regions over the period 1962–2014.

Among other things the animation shows that in 2004, 15 Mt of scrap were available worldwide. In 2014 this scrap availability had increased to 26 Mt. North America, historically the largest generator of scrap globally, has been overtaken by China, which generated 6,5 Mt of scrap in 2014. In 2014, 17 Mt of aluminium contained in final products was traded between the nine regions, followed by aluminium contained in bauxite (15 Mt), aluminium contained in alumina (14 Mt), ingots (12 Mt), semis (5 Mt) and scrap (4 Mt).


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