Energy costs, regulations threaten aluminium industry

Under the right conditions, Europe’s aluminium industry can flourish. At present, however, factors such as increasing electricity prices and burdensome regulations threaten EU plants. The European Commission is therefore evaluating how to address these challenges and ensure a brighter future for aluminium production in Europe.

While demand for aluminium has rebounded since the onset of the financial crisis, a handful of factors continue to hamper the industrial competitiveness of Europe’s aluminium industry. Eleven of the EU’s 26 primary aluminium smelters have closed since 2003 – and not a single new one has opened.

Read the full article in the European Commission's Magazine Enterprise & Industry


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