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Aluminium End User - Construction

Use of aluminium in building and construction began in the early 20th century. Prior to that due to scarce availability and high cost, its use was primarily restricted to small-scale detailing. From 1930 onward, architects and engineers started exploring the use of aluminium in construction on a wider scale.

Since then, construction engineering has undergone a sea change. Today a modern construction is rarely erected without using aluminium in it.

Aluminium for construction finds use in a large number of applications including commercial and residential buildings, stadiums, bridges, masts and towers.

The main end user segments include roofing, cladding, window panel partitioning, curtain walling and structural glazing, prefabricated buildings, architectural hardware, and heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) systems. The metal is also used in industrial plant, ladders and scaffolding.

Aluminium for construction is mostly used in alloyed forms. Aluminium alloys have high tensile strength and are also fairly extrudable.

Global market for aluminium in architectural, building and construction (ABC) sector is evolving fast. It is the second most rapidly growing sector after transportation. With increased urbanisation and enhanced focus on sustainability the use of aluminium in construction will see further rise in future.

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