Smooth aluminium sheet
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.
Aluminum sheet market in Europe
Even considering the critical issues that have been affecting the market in recent years, in Europe the aluminium value chain – from the extraction of bauxite to recycling – is well-established. In fact, it contributes to the economy of Europe over a million jobs and 40 billion Euros in annual turnover. It plays a key enabling role, serving 6 out of the EU’s 14 strategic ecosystems. In total, it’s made up of over 600 companies. While foundries and rolling mills are often owned by multinationals, most of the plants involved in extrusion and recycling are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and all serve as important players within local communities.
Laminazione Sottile is part of the companies that make up this important market, producing smooth aluminum sheets and more, for almost 100 years. The Group of the same name is made up of 9 companies integrated into the supply chain, specialized in the transformation of aluminum and in the sale of sheets, foils and plates.