While primary production in Europe has remained stable, demand for flat-rolled and extruded products has been strongly affected by the COVID-19 crisis and the sharp slowdown in the transport and construction markets. Despite the breakdown in global supply chains, the EU’s domestic aluminium value chain has mobilized rapidly to produce goods that remain vital for Europe’s COVID-19 response. These include frames for field hospitals, respiratory machines, oxygen tanks and other medical instruments and equipment, as well as can sheet and foil sheet for the packaging of food, drinks, pet food, pharmaceutical and medical products.
At the same time, the crisis offers new opportunities for growth and green transformation. The EU has thus adopted an ambitious recovery plan with a budget of € 750 billion for research, economic cohesion and climate transition. European Aluminium set out its recommendations for a sustainable recovery of the aluminium industry
and recovery measures for the automotive industry
. Thanks to its unique qualities and the efforts of its industry, aluminium will play a decisive role in this transition to the green economy.