The Aluminum Association applauded action by the Department of Energy providing a conditional loan of $259 million to Alcoa to support its automotive expansion in Alcoa, TN and the development of advanced vehicle technologies.
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.
Aluminum Association President & CEO Heidi Brock recently highlighted an emerging trend in the U.S. economy - the resurgence of American manufacturing - during the Canadian International Aluminum Conference in Montreal.
Jupiter Oxygen, a sister company of Association member Jupiter Aluminum, has developed an innovative, carbon capture technology resulting from experimentation in the aluminum recycling process. Here, former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson reports on the new tech for Inside Business Report.
Colonel Scott Willey of the Air and Space museum, who gave a private tour to the Association’s Technical Committee on Product Standards, said “Without aluminum, we wouldn’t have a museum.” From the top of the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower at the Udvar-Hazy Center –part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - visitors have a 360-degree bird's-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport. It’s a place to view aluminum in action: making human flight possible.
“NASA could not have made it to the surface of Mars without aluminum.” So says Dr. John Grotzinger Chief Scientist and Head of Strategic Planning for the 2012 Mars Rover Mission. Grotzinger led NASA’s $2.5 billion Curiosity rover mission – perhaps the most visible mission in the history of robotic space exploration in its search for evidence of past life on the surface of the red planet.