Aluminium sheet cost varies based on the quotation of the material made by the three reference markets: the Nymex of New York, the Tocom of Tokyo and the London Metal Exhange of London. The latter is the largest metals market in the world and daily quotes the cost of High Grade - the primary aluminium that reaches a degree of purity of at least 99.7% - in US dollars, considering the pound as a unit of measurement for the weight.
Aluminium foil is a thin and flexible foil commonly used in different industries such as semi-rigid, rigid, flexible packaging and others. Aluminum foil is can be formed and manipulated into a variety of shapes after being cut from a much longer sheet commonly wound into a coil.
Aluminium sheets thickness vary according to the final applications for which they are intended and the treatments they undergo before being transformed into semi-finished products. Laminazione Sottile supplies foils and strips of different thicknesses, alloys, lengths and widths, depending on the markets in which they are to be used. For more information on the Group's services, here's a focus of aluminium sheets thicknesses that the company can supply in relation to specific markets:
Unlike other types of plate, the aluminium checker plate is obtained through a molding process - embossing - which repeatedly impresses three-dimensional reliefs on the surface. This procedure takes place through the alternating application of heat and pressure on the flat sheet which passes between rolls with dies following the desired pattern.
According to the Global Aluminum Sheets Market, the latest report published by MarketWatch, the sale of aluminum sheetswill grow significantly from 2023 to 2029. In particular, the most requested products will be high purity aluminum plate, aluminum alloy sheets and the metal plates in composite or brazed aluminium. The demand for these products will increase as a result of the development of certain sectors including the automotive (especially bodywork), aerospace (especially wings), construction (mainly roofing), the medical device market and the machine tools. Of course, the forecast also considers the profound impact that Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine are having and will still have on the global supply chain and commodity prices.
The use of aluminium foil varies according to the sector to which it refers. In fact, it's used in many markets such as the food&beverage to make trays, caps and packages of various kinds, both for liquids and food. The widespread use of aluminium in this sector is due to its properties: it protects food from sun exposure and from contaminants that can deteriorate it.
Aluminium is a light and ductile material: it can easily be worked into new shapes such as strips, plates and foils. It's also resistant to corrosion and can be recycled without losing any of its fundamental properties. These characteristics mean that its applications such as aluminium sheets are also required and used in several sectors.
By smooth aluminium sheet we mean a sheet on which neither drawings nor relief textures are imprinted, therefore different from embossed or treaded sheets. Smooth aluminium sheets can be worked with multiple treatments and processes to be used in the most diverse sectors. Often they are also lacquered to acquire a greater aesthetic appeal. In 2021 the market for semi-fabricated products (flat rolled products and extrusions) recorded a strong recovery despite the fact that, during the last year, the production of primary aluminum in Europe was lower than forecast due to the energy crisis and the consequent high prices.