In a fight for their very existence, the Aluminum Extruders Coalition, a group of U.S. aluminum extruders concerned about the rising threat of aluminum extrusion low-cost imports, has filed a historic trade case against 15 countries. The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has been working with members since 2019 about the rising tide of imports of aluminum extrusions into the U.S. market. Over that time the domestic injury has suffered mightily. Today, the coalition has petitioned the U.S. government for protection against these illegal and unfair trade practices.
“As it was with China over a dozen years ago, a courageous group of U.S. extruders have come forward to lead the industry in this ‘do or die’ battle,” said Jeff Henderson, president of the AEC. “The percentage of the market being supplied by the domestic industry is at its lowest level ever recorded. If the industry did not take this bold measure, our nation would lose this valuable piece of the supply chain. We now ask our government to stand behind its previous position in which it has declared the U.S. aluminum extrusion industry as vital to our national security. We, as a country, cannot afford to lose the most highly engineered of all aluminum products. If we do, we not only lose this vital capacity and capability, but also all the next generation of products that will be developed using aluminum extrusions.
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The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is a trade association representing approximately 75 percent of North American aluminum extrusion production. AEC is dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in North America and is committed to bringing comprehensive information about extrusion's characteristics, applications, environmental benefits, design and technology to users, product designers, engineers, and the academic community. Further, AEC is focused on enhancing the ability of its members to meet the emerging demands of the market through knowledge sharing and best practices. For more information, visit aec.org.