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European Aluminium represents the entire aluminium value chain in Europe, from refiners and smelters to manufacturers of semi-finished products, recyclers, and national aluminium associations. Find out below who our members are and the benefits of joining our growing association!
Alumina and primary aluminium production constitute the upstream part of our value chain. Aluminium production begins with bauxite, the “aluminium ore”. Alumina producers produce alumina (pure aluminium oxide) from bauxite via a process called refining. Primary aluminium producers extract molten aluminium from the alumina through an electrolytic process called smelting. After primary production, the cast ingots alloyed to specification are ready for further processing.
Aluminium ingots can be rolled into sheets from which aluminium foil and beverage cans are made, as well as parts of car bodies and a vast array of other products.
Using the forming process of extrusion, aluminium ingots can be shaped in virtually any form and delivers aluminium unlimited possibilities in production design for architecture, furniture or automotive structures, to name a few examples.
Once aluminium scrap has been collected and treated, the recovered aluminium can be recycled by being remelted or refined. Refiners produce casting alloys and remelters generate wrought alloys for sheets, strips, and extrusions. This results in new raw materials for a wide variety of applications. For example, refined aluminium can be found in cast engine blocks, while remelted aluminium will be used for products like car bodies or beverage cans. Aluminium can be recycled endlessly without the loss of its properties. Moreover, recycling aluminium takes up to 95% less energy to recycle it than producing primary aluminum, which also limits emissions, including greenhouse gases. Today, about 75% of all aluminum ever produced, is still in use. This makes it a key contributor to a more circular, resource-efficient economy.
The Innovation Hub is a proactive community of innovative companies from across Europe’s aluminium value chain and European Aluminum market groups. They collaborate together on research projects that advance a sustainable future and tackle technological challenges.
These members represent national aluminium or non-ferrous metal associations in individual European countries as well as the European aluminium surface treatment and foil sectors.
The Automotive & Transport Market Group brings together the big players in the aluminium automotive industry. The group consists of members active in extrusion, rolling, and primary aluminium.
The Building Market Group brings together the key actors in the field of windows, curtain walling, cladding, and roofing products. The group consists of fenestration system companies, and flat-rolled product suppliers involved in continuous coil coating, compositing and/or continuous anodising.
The Packaging Market Group gathers producers of can and foil stock active in the European packaging market by providing semi-finished products like aluminium can and foil sheet to their European customers. Its membership is also open to European associations representing specific groups of aluminium packaging producers.
Becoming a member of European Aluminium means joining an ever-growing community of key players in the aluminium industry, providing numerous opportunities for you to help carve the future of our sustainable metal in Europe. Discover the benefits of membership below!
Have your say on our advocacy work towards the EU institutions, standardisation bodies, and various stakeholders. Receive support in your European advocacy efforts that benefit our industry. Be part of the industry’s roadmap to 2050.
First-hand insights into the latest EU legislation, policy developments, and initiatives impacting the industry. Exclusive access to data, market intelligence and studies. Keep up to date with European funding programmes.
Network opportunities with peer industry colleagues. Benefit from our involvement in European, national and international aluminium and multi-sectoral alliances.
Participate in European Aluminium’s high-level meetings with policymakers and other stakeholders. Leverage your PR activities.
Are you ready to become part of our aluminium family? Joining European Aluminium is an easy and transparent process. Membership of European Aluminium is open to two different types of organisations located within European countries (EU, EFTA, UK, Turkey):
All applications are evaluated against specific criteria, such as adherence to our sustainability and fair-play principles, and economic activity. They are checked by our Director General, Executive Committee, and other colleagues.
Why should you join us? Watch the video to hear directly from our members! If you are interested in becoming a member of European Aluminium, or have any questions about joining our organisation, please contact Mélina Kotsaridis at email@example.com.
Direct membership of European Aluminium is mainly for primary aluminium smelters, provided they have smelters in at least one European country. These companies must also be, and remain, members* of the national aluminium association in all European countries where they have production facilities. Wire producers are also entitled to join as primary division members.
Membership fees are based on tonnage production.
*Assuming such a national association exists, or unless the company has resigned from the national aluminium association for valid reasons.
Direct membership is open to all companies, provided that they have factories located in at least one European country. Some members may also be part of European Aluminium indirectly through the membership of a national association.
Membership fees are based on the tonnage of transformation.
All remelters and refiners are members of the Recycling division. Fees are based on the tonnage of production.
Membership of the Innovation Hub is voluntary and relies on a separate fee basis, approved annually or for three years by the ad-hoc board.
European Aluminium has three Market Groups that members can join. These are in addition to the standard membership:
1. Automotive & Transport
The Market Groups’ objective is to promote aluminium in end-use markets on a non-competitive basis. This endorsement is undertaken through political and technical advocacy, media campaigns, standards monitoring, and other communication platforms, including trade fairs, design competitions, educational tools, and online information. Membership of a Market Group is voluntary and relies on an additional fee, approved annually or for three years by the ad-hoc boards.
Associated membership of European Aluminium’s Market Groups is open to companies that import into Europe or produce aluminium components in Europe or the associations that represent them.