14 09, 2012

Time To Invest In Aluminum

2017-01-26T23:37:31+00:00September 14th, 2012|

This is an aluminum-industry blog, so of course we’re going to tout the many reasons why aluminum is a worthy investment. However, it’s moved past just our opinion – and it’s gone beyond the surge in the automotive industry. All around the world, aluminum is becoming a hot commodity. Here’s the latest news from the UK:

“It’s the most powerful rally that has been seen for months. This is occurring across the London Metal Exchange (LME) metals complex.

The breakout patterns seen with aluminum reflect the same patterns seen in lead, zinc, copper and tin. The breakout in aluminum is the most developed. Many LME metals are moving in a similar way, but aluminum is most advanced so it gives guide for other developments.”

And Japan:

“Aluminum stockpiles in Japan expanded 11 percent in August to the highest level in six months, trading company Marubeni Corp. (8002) said by e-mail today.

Inventories held in Yokohama, Nagoya and Osaka ports climbed to 261,000 metric tons at the end of last month from 235,100 metric tons on July 31, according to Marubeni, the largest Japanese importer of the metal.”

And India:

“The week’s biggest mover on the weekly Aluminum MMI® was the cash price of primary Indian aluminum, which saw a 5.7 percent increase. This week marked the third in a row of rising prices for the metal on our aluminum price index.”

Why the global surge? It’s difficult to pinpoint one specific reason, but aluminum’s valuable properties – lightweight, strong, efficiently manufactured – have to put it at the forefront of today’s manufacturing needs.

28 07, 2012

Aluminum: The Hot New Beauty Treatment?

2017-01-26T23:37:31+00:00July 28th, 2012|

Aluminum has a softer side, and we’re not just talking about soda cans. Yes, we’ve talked a bit about buildings and cars recently, but how about something a little more feminine? Women (and men!) spend a LOT of money trying to maintain their youth – so much so that studies show that during a recession, even more money is spent on beauty products than usual.

Now that just might involve a bit of the aluminum industry. Straight out of Japan, you now have the aluminum mask that rejuvenates for your facial skin. Well, supposedly, anyway. From Gizmodo:

“To use it all you need to do is strap it to your face for a given length of time, and then sweat the wrinkles and blemishes away. Since aluminum doesn’t breathe, the mask basically traps a layer of high humidity around your face, which apparently is a good thing.”

While the idea of wearing an aluminum mask doesn’t sound as relaxing as a spa visit, who knows? This is, after all, the land that brought you the toilet-training tiger and robot cockroach. And it’ll only take $31 to try it out – less than a visit to a spa.

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