20 03, 2012

Stable Demand for Aluminium Packaging

2017-01-26T23:37:31+00:00March 20th, 2012|

According to a recent article, on Packaging Europe’s website, aluminium packaging manufacturers in Europe had great financial year in 2011.


The article claims:


“At 401,300 tonnes (t) of aluminium foils, tubes, and aerosol and beverage cans, aluminium packaging manufacturers were producing almost at the high level of the previous year (2010: 405,000 t).”


The article also notes that there was an increase in beverage can production, and manufacturers of aluminium aerosol cans grew considerably and achieved a new record in production. Additionally, there was a strong demand for aluminium in the European markets of food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.


According to Manfred Mertens of Hydro Aluminium,


“Aluminium is one of the best-performing packaging materials. It has universal applications and excellent barrier characteristics – either as mono-material or used together with other packaging materials, in cases where food requirements and optimum protection of the content are the factors to be satisfied.”


Read the original article and learn more about the demand for aluminium packaging.


14 02, 2012

Aluminum Extrusions and the Green Building Movement

2015-06-18T15:33:39+00:00February 14th, 2012|

When it comes to the search for environmentally friendly materials, aluminum extrusions surpass environmental guidelines.


Aluminum is one of the most common materials used in modern architecture, and, according to a piece on AmpedArticles.com, “As this metal alloy is capable of being extruded in hot or cold process, industry makers claim that this is much more beneficial in construction industry than any other metals used today.”

Extrusion can give utmost durability and using the metal alloy in the process of extrusion makes it highly eco-friendly. Aluminium is regarded as a great structural metal and is highly recyclable, helping to create a sustainable environment.

Click here to read the original article and learn more about how aluminum extrusions can be vital aspects in green building movement.

17 01, 2012

Aluminium Extrusions 101

2015-06-18T15:33:39+00:00January 17th, 2012|

Thanks to the recent article, “Must Have Knowledge About Aluminium Extrusions,” we want to remind you  what aluminum extrusions is – the manner in which aluminum is forced through different dies to get different shapes.

Aluminum is the most common metal in the earth surface, and one of the advantages associated with getting aluminum extrusions from extrusions is that it that extrusion is a very simple and economical and environmentally friendly process.  As the article states, “The aluminum is forced up several dies and voila! Multiple shapes appear.”

Click here to read the original article and learn more about aluminium extrusions.

12 01, 2012

U.S. Aluminum Association signs MOU with Aluminium Association of India

2015-06-18T15:33:40+00:00January 12th, 2012|

According to a recent article, in Metal Construction News, The Aluminum Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Aluminium Association of India. The associations agreed to cooperate in the following areas:

• Recycling: Exchange information on effective recycling programs in the transportation, packaging, and building and construction markets.
• Sustainability: Promote aluminum as a sustainable material in the transportation, packaging and building and construction markets.
• Use Market Demand Data Exchange and Report Improvement: Exchange information on end use demand in the transportation, packaging, and building and construction markets, as well as data gathering techniques to improve the timeliness and accuracy of reports.
• Health and Safety Benchmarking: Exchange information on health and safety programs to promote and improve best practices.

Click here to read the original article and learn more about the metal construction market in 2012.

4 08, 2011

The 101 on Recycling Aluminum Materials

2015-06-18T15:33:41+00:00August 4th, 2011|

Here are 10 important and interesting facts about recycling aluminum materials…

-A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days. That’s closed loop recycling at its finest!

-Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames, and lawn furniture can also be recycled.

-Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

-More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product.

-Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste stream, according to EPA estimates.

-An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!

-There is no limit to the amount of times aluminum materials can be recycled.

-We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.

-At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!

-A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!

To learn more about the process aluminum recycling, and how to begin recycling yourself, please visit Earth911.

26 07, 2011

Aluminum in Space – Next Stop Mars

2015-06-18T15:33:41+00:00July 26th, 2011|

When the “Curiosity” rover of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project is sent to Mars in 2011 to explore the red planet and determine whether the planet has ever – or still could – support life, aluminum will be part of the mission. The nine-foot-long, 1,875-pound robot is made mostly of aluminum and powered by a nuclear generator. Curiosity’s aluminum body is called the warm electronics box, or “WEB” for short. Like a car body, the rover body is a strong, outer layer that protects the rover’s computer and electronics. The rover body thus keeps the rover’s vital organs protected and temperature-controlled.

Exploring Mars is just another step in securing aluminum’s history in space exploration. Aluminum has played a vital part in space industry since its early days, and Alcoa has been a key supplier. Alcoa alloys and propellants have helped make many space milestones possible, from the first manned flight and the first moon landing to today’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.

It started with Sputnik, the basketball-sized Soviet satellite launched into orbit on October 4, 1957, that was the first man-made object to circle the Earth. The Russian satellite that began the space race of the ‘50s and ‘60s, used the metal from a plant now owned and managed by Alcoa in Samara.

And in the Apollo space program of the 1960s, the tiny lunar module Eagle was built almost completely of aluminum – a brilliant piece of ultra-light ingenuity. One of the many bright ideas was to use aluminum coated mylar film instead of rigid heat shields. Every ounce of weight was precious, and “gift wrapping” the lander saved 100 pounds.

When the Space Shuttle Columbia made its maiden flight in 1981, Alcoa was on board helping to open up the solar system with powdered aluminum fuel that helped launch the shuttle and aluminum components in the main engine’s liquid hydrogen pump. Alcoa Aluminum Powder is used exclusively as a fuel in the reusable solid rocket motors for NASA’s Space Shuttle. After the last Space Shuttle launch, scheduled to fly in 2010, Alcoa is poised to provide aluminum powder for the next generation of space travel as well – the Ares 1.

The Ares 1 rocket will enable astronauts to explore space beyond low earth orbit with the goal of reaching the moon by 2020. But it’s not just the fuel that Alcoa will provide. Alcoa’s aluminum-lithium alloy 2195 thin plate is also being used for the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle. Alcoa’s Davenport operations will produce almost one million pounds of the thin aluminum-lithium material for this program. The Alcoa Technical Center is casting the aluminum-lithium ingot and shipping it to Davenport, where it is rolled into thin plate for additional fabrication.

Learnings from Ares 1 will benefit the Ares V, which will be the “heavy lift” cargo launch vehicle that will replace the Space Shuttle after its retirement in 2010, and will also feature aluminum. Ares V will serve as the principal launcher for missions beyond the Earth-Moon system, including the program’s ultimate goal – a manned mission to Mars after 2030.

To learn more about the future of aluminum in space applications, visit the Aluminum Association.

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