We believe that aluminum has unlimited potential. It is a widely-used, attractive industrial material, and compared to several alternative metals such as steel and copper, aluminum is lightweight, has a high strength-to-weight ratio and is resistant to corrosion. Aluminum can be recycled repeatedly without any material decline in performance or quality. The recycling of aluminum delivers energy and capital investment savings relative to both the cost of producing primary aluminum and many other competing materials.
The use of aluminum in a wide variety of applications continues to grow due to several factors, including urbanization in emerging economies, economic recovery in developed economies and an increasing global focus on sustainability. The automotive industry, in particular, is embracing aluminum as an alternative to steel in automotive manufacturing as it offers the critical weight-savings required to meet the increasingly tighter fuel efficiency standards being implemented globally. Aluminum’s strength, corrosion resistance, and formability make it the ideal material to meet the technical demands of the automotive industry without sacrificing safety or performance.
FACTS ABOUT ALUMINUM*
- Aluminum can absorb twice the crash energy of steel
- Aluminum-intensive cars save 44 million tons of CO2 emissions
- Nearly 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today
- Recycling aluminum saves more than 90% of the energy needed to make new aluminum