According to data recently released by the Aluminum Association, orders for aluminium mill products in North America were off by 3.6 percent from October’s totals and down by 0.2 percent from the same time last year.
Overall, mill product orders were strong in the year’s first eleven months, besting last year’s eleven-month total by 1.3 percent.
Plate orders struggled in the month of November, dropping 25.6 percent from the previous month and 17.2 percent from last year’s November total. Domestic can stock orders were down as well, off by 4.1 percent month-on-month and 3.2 percent year-on-year. Export can stock fared worse however, dropping 12.6 percent from October and down by 25.7 percent from last November.
Value-added products had a mixed month, with extruded product orders lower by 5.5 percent from October, but gained 1.5 percent compared to November last. Orders for aluminium foil were off by 1.9 percent from the previous month, but witnessed a rise of 12.6 percent from November 2016’s total.
Aluminium sheet fared better in November, however. Non-heat-treatable aluminium sheet orders were up 2.8 percent month-on-month and better by 0.1 percent from last November. Heat-treatable sheet orders were up by 4.7 percent from October’s total and 29.9 percent from the orders taken in November 2016.
Drawing stock orders were largely steady last month, increasing 0.7 percent month-on-month and 0.1 percent over last November.