The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has led the U.S. aluminum extrusion industry in achieving level competition by winning tariff protection that offsets unfair trade practices of extruders/importers of aluminum profiles produced in China. Our efforts have been of enormous value to domestic extruders and suppliers. Conservatively, an estimated 800 million pounds per year of extrusions are being produced in the U. S. that would have otherwise been lost to China.
Over the last thirty days the AEC has begun to feel the impacts of the new administration. Last month, the administration initiated a 232 Hearing into the domestic aluminum industry. Just one week prior to that, Trump initiated a 232 Hearing into the domestic steel industry. Both of these were requested by the United Steel Workers (USW). (As you may recall, the USW led a short-lived effort to launch a 201 hearing about this time last year.) You can read more about the 232 process and what it might mean to the AEC here (note: you must be signed in as a member to view the content). The long and the short of it is that this is both an opportunity and a risk for our industry. The AEC will be participating in the process as it is imperative that we make our voice heard. In preparation of that task, we will need your help. The 232 process grants the U.S. president a wide range of options to address negative trade issues upon U.S. industries based on national security issues.