It’s an exciting time to be in the aluminum industry. Auto makers are going full speed ahead with integration of aluminum bodies in the next generation of popular vehicles. Aluminum is involved in construction, reconstruction, and other infrastructure projects around the world. Even consumer interest in the aluminum recycling market is growing, leading to more efficient aluminum production that’s good for the environment.
The road ahead for our industry is an exciting one, and it’s no surprise that aluminum professionals are looking forward to the industry’s annual convention. Aluminum Week 2012 will be held from Monday, October 15 to Thursday, October 19 in downtown Chicago at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown.
As aluminum is increasing its presence for auto manufacturers, several speakers will explore this topic from a variety of perspectives. This includes, David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Mitch Bainwol, President & CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; and Michael Robinet, Managing Director of IHS Automotive Consulting.
Hosted by the Aluminum Association, the Aluminum Extruders Council, and the Aluminum Anodizers Council, registration is now open for Aluminum Week 2012. For more information or to register, visit the official registration page.
Did you know preliminary estimates of total aluminum demand in the United States and Canada for the first quarter totaled 5.8 million pounds? This is a 7.5 percent increase over the first quarter of 2011, according to the Aluminum Association, Arlington, Va.
Also, domestic aluminum production increased slightly in April after slipping in January and February from a two-year continuous upward momentum.
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The Aluminum Association is paying tribute with a video of the flag and its unsung partner, the flagpole. The video includes images of the American flag flying over various U.S. historical locations as well as the extrusion process used to create flagpoles.
Among the most notable applications of aluminum flagpoles are the 50 flags representing each state that fly around the base of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. At one time, flags were flown on specific days of national celebration using temporary wooden flagpoles. For the George Washington Birthday celebration of 1958, it was determined that the flags would be flown permanently at the Monument, and aluminum flagpoles were installed.
These flagpoles represent the modern age of aluminum production, a material used in applications ranging from wiring to automobiles to building facades and beverage cans. Aluminum is lightweight, durable, and does not corrode; these properties make it the perfect material for permanent applications, such as flagpoles, that must uphold Old Glory under even the harshest weather conditions.
To see the video, visit the Aluminum Association’s Facebook by CLICKING HERE.
Or visit YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RvfLj2CY6Y