NEW YORK, July 27 -- Demand for North American semi-fabricated aluminum mill products increased by 4.6 percent in June over May, and shot up 16.6 percent from June 2009, aluminum industry data showed on Friday.
Shipments increased to an estimated 1,573.7 million lbs from 1,504.3 million lbs in May, but were sharply higher than the 1,349.7 million lbs shipped in June 2009, the Aluminum Association said in its most recent Aluminum Situation report.
Demand for North American aluminum is measured as shipments from U.S. and Canadian producers, plus imports.
Demand for semi-fabricated, or mill, products edged up 6.5 percent in June to 1,085.5 million lbs from 1,019.4 million lbs in May, and jumped 10.3 percent from June 2009, when 984.5 million lbs were shipped, the report said.
In its breakdown of U.S. and Canadian mill products, the association said demand for aluminum sheet and plate was up 4.5 percent at 661.1 million lbs in June from 632.4 million lbs in May, and was up 7.4 percent from 615.4 million lbs shipped in June 2009.
Shipments of extruded products rose by 8.4 percent to 239.2 million lbs in June from 220.7 million lbs in May, and gained 14.9 percent from 208.1 million lbs in June 2009.
June shipments of aluminum ingot for castings and other uses edged up 0.7 percent to 488.3 million lbs in June from May's 484.9 million lbs shipped. Ingot shipments soared 33.7 percent over 365.1 million lbs in June 2009, the aluminum report said.
The industry group also said U.S. and Canadian producer inventories were up 8.8 percent in June at 2,208.5 million lbs from 2,214.6 million lbs in May, and rose 12.8 percent from 2,134.9 million lbs in May.