The new member additions come at a time of continued demand growth for aluminium. According to recent preliminary Aluminum Association data, the North American aluminium industry shipped an estimated 25.5 billion pounds of aluminium in 2014, the most since 2006. More recent data shows 3.1% year-over-year demand growth through April 2015. From the 2009 baseline, demand for the metal in the U.S. and Canada has risen by nearly 40%.
“We’re excited to welcome these new member companies to the Aluminum Association,” said Heidi Brock, President & CEO of the Aluminum Association. “Our associate members bring a unique perspective to our work and help us to serve the broader industry.”
The new member additions include:
- HEICHE GROUP US Surface Technology: HEICHE GROUP is a family German owned company and was founded in 1965. In 2013 Heiche established its new U.S. headquarter and process centre in Spartanburg SC. Heiche specialises in surface treatments and coatings for light metals such as anodising, passivation, chromate conversion, e-coating and Nano coating
- Phinix, LLC: Phinix, LLC provides research, development and consulting services in the areas of process & product development, recycling and energy & carbon management for metals and materials - aluminium, magnesium, titanium , rare earths and composites. Phinix, LLC was founded by Dr. Subodh Das in September 2008 and utilises his 40+ years of experience working in the global aluminium industry.
- Walter Surface Technologies: Walter Surface Technologies has been a leader in surface treatment technologies for more than 60 years, and provides high productivity abrasives, power tools, tooling, chemical solutions and environmental solutions for the metal working industry. Founded in 1952, Walter Surface Technologies is now established in 7 countries in North America, South America and Europe.
Since 2013, Aluminum Association member companies have announced domestic plant expansions and planned investment totaling more than $2.3 billion. The increase in investment is intended to capture and meet anticipated demand growth for aluminium in the automotive sector as automakers strive to make lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles. The investments announced to date could increase industry auto sheet capacity by more than 2 billion pounds over the next decade.
The new company additions bring total membership to 104 member companies, a record for the 82-year-old trade association. To learn more about the benefits of joining the Aluminum Association, please visit www.aluminum.org/join.