Understanding Alloys: Advancing Aluminum

Aluminum alloys are used in everything from cars to buildings to airplanes to beverage cans to smartphones.  For more than 60 years, the Aluminum Association has worked with the industry to register new aluminum alloys.  When the current system was developed in 1954, the list included 75 unique chemical compositions.

2015 Edition of Aluminum Design Manual Released

Essential Reference for Architects and Designers Now Available in Association Bookstore

The All-New Aluminum Design Manual

Are you an engineer, architect or other professional in the building and construction industry who works with aluminum? If so, you can’t be without the 2015 Aluminum Design Manual -- an indispensable guide for anyone designing load-bearing structures using aluminum.

BPA in Aluminum Cans

Many aluminum food and beverage containers sold in the United States feature a protective liner on the interior of the can containing trace amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA). This liner forms a barrier between the product and metal, providing protection against food-borne diseases. These coatings have been critical to improving food and beverage safety since being introduced more than 50 years ago.

The Aluminum Association understands that ongoing research and study is taking place on the safety and efficacy of BPA and we will continue to monitor these developments closely. However:

Aluminum Association Publishes 2013 Editions of The American National Standards on Aluminum

Six Industry Standards Receive Updates

ARLINGTON, VA, — The Aluminum Association has released the 2013 editions of The American National Standards (ANSI) H35 on Alloy and Temper Designation Systems and Dimensional Tolerances for Aluminum Mill Products. Updated documents include: 

Aluminum Gains Big Momentum: New Report Confirms Strong, Low Weight Materials as Best Way to Reach 50+ MPG as Automakers Tout the Metal

ARLINGTON, VA.
A new study out today confirms that reducing vehicle weight with aluminum is the best overall enabler for significant efficiency increases. The report specifically shows that achieving new higher fuel economy standards in the 50+ MPG range is possible by combining a range of technologies that include weight reduction with advance materials. The study was conducted by a member of the AVL Group, the world's largest independent company for the development of powertrain systems and a partner to many in the automotive industry.

Aluminum Has Been Go-To Aerospace Material for More Than 100 Years and New Innovations Keep It the Material of Choice

ARLINGTON, VA.
In a recent release from the Office of Washington Lieutenant Governor, Brad Owens, James Palmer, an economic development manager of the Washington State Department of Commerce is quoted as saying, "Think of composites as the new aluminum."

Economic Impact Study Shows Industry Impact | Aluminum Can Recycling Grows

The Association releases a new industry economic impact study showing 672,000 jobs supported by the aluminum industry in the U.S. The industry aluminum can recycling rate rises to its highest level since the early 1990s. New Standards Action Report is released. And more

Aluminum Association Completes 2013 Edition of Aluminum Standards and Data

The Aluminum Association has finalized the 2013 edition of Aluminum Standards and Data. The first update in more than four years, Aluminum Standards and Data 2013 is the preeminent reference for aluminum mill product standards and the most complete source of information on wrought aluminum. 

Aircraft & Aerospace

Quick Read

The advancement of aircraft and rocket technology is directly tied to the advancement and production of aluminum alloys. From the Wright brothers’ use of aluminum in the engine of their first biplane to NASA’s use of an aluminum-lithium alloy in the new Orion spacecraft—aluminum has created the potential for mankind to fly both around the Earth and into space.

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