The unexpected shifts in the global markets because of the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 virus have brought many major and minor tremors to industries of all sizes including the Aluminum Flat Products Market.
It was estimated prior to this unanticipated outbreak that the Aluminum Flat Products Market was expected to grow an impressive CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period. However, the gradual slowing down of industries will undoubtedly impose limits on the previously estimated growth rate.
Major factors such as increasing trends towards lightweight electric vehicles for performance advantages and decreasing greenhouse emission, growing demand in construction due to its maintenance free and corrosion resistive features, and many initiatives taken by the government, such as plastic recycling, imposing rules and regulations to cause deficiency of plastic waste generation attributed to the rising awareness regarding plastic pollution and its adverse effects on the environment are expected to fuel the growth of the market during the forecast period.
Aluminum flat products are basically made from flat rolling processing technique which converts an aluminum slab into a thin product or plate. These products are highly utilized for various purposes such as manufacturing of cans, automobile bodies, and equipment & machinery driving the growth of the aluminum flat products market.
This report studies the market covering a period of 12 years of trend and forecast. The report provides detailed insights into the market dynamics to enable informed business decision making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market.
Based on the product type, the market is segmented as flat bars, foil stock, fin stock, sheets, plates, circles, and others. Foil stock is estimated to witness significant growth rate in the market during the forecast period, attributed to the growing consumer preference toward convenient & lightweight packaging, safe packaging of products accompanied by increasing shelf life. These foil stocks are also used in the pharmaceutical industry because of their insulation properties as they provide resistance to light, oxygen, and moisture, protecting the drugs from any kind of contamination and deterioration, offering higher security to patients which is eventually fueling the aluminum flat products market.
Based on the end-use type, the market is segmented as building & infrastructure, automotive & transportation, consumer goods, equipment & machinery, electrical & electronics, packaging, and others. Aluminum flat products are lightweight in nature which provides better fuel efficiency as less energy is required for moving the vehicle owing to which, its usage in the automotive & transportation industry is estimated to increase in the coming years. Factors such as growing demand for public transport such as metro trains, buses, bullet trains, and other industrial transportation vehicles using these products so as to increase its efficiency, and the utilization of aluminum sheets in fuel tanks which prevents corrosion and chemical reaction with external materials are expected to accelerate the growth of the aluminum flat products market during the forecast period.
In terms of regions, Europe is estimated to register a high growth rate during the forecast period, attributed to the growing penetration of electric vehicles so as to decrease the emission of greenhouse gas and to contribute towards climate change in the regional market. The lightweight nature of aluminum gives advantage of reducing both of the manufacturing and operational cost of electric vehicles as lighter the car, lesser the need for batteries and power for traveling the same distance. This factor is one of the reasons for shifting of automobile manufacturers from steel to aluminum flat products for battery enclosures, fueling the growth of the market in the upcoming years. North America and Asia-Pacific are also expected to offer substantial growth opportunities during the forecast period.
Some of the key players in the aluminum flat products market are-