Legend of Aluminum
Aluminum makes up about 8% of the Earth's crust by mass, ranking the third most abundant element after oxygen and silicon and the most abundant metal in the crust, however, aluminum was first found till 1827 and relatively pure aluminum was not made out until 1854. It was once considered to be silver from clay and extremely expensive.
Today, aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and important in transportation and building industries etc.. The consumption volume of aluminum ranks number two among all the metals, surpassed only by steel.
Judging from the fact that aluminum has walked into people's everyday life and engaged in almost every field in social development and betterment, the demand for aluminum will keep increasing steadily in the following decades or even centuries.
The global aluminum market today can be generally divided into two parts: China and the rest of the world. During the last decades, China showed remarkable rates of economic growth including becoming the world's largest Aluminum producer and consumer.
China takes almost half of the world's volume of aluminum production and consumption - no other country is anywhere near China on this measure. Furthermore, China satisfies all of its demand for primary metal exclusively with its own production, which is why it is often regarded separately from the rest of the world's volume. At the same time China is actively increasing the export of semi-finished aluminum products competing with Western companies in the global market.
We can find aluminium in the homes we live in, in the automobiles we drive, in the trains and aeroplanes that take us across long distances, etc. Aluminum's strength, corrosion resistance, and formability make it the ideal material to meet the technical demands of the transportation industry without sacrificing safety or performance.
CHARACTERS OF ALUMINUM:
Lightweight - Three times lighter than iron
Durable - Almost as much as steel
Ductile - Easy in processing
Corrosion-resistant - Due to a thin surface layer of aluminium oxide
SECRETS ABOUT ALUMINUM YOU MAY NOT KNOW:
*Aluminum can absorb twice the crash energy of steel
*Aluminum-intensive cars save 44 million tons of CO2 emissions
*About 75% of aluminium produced from the time that the aluminium industry has existed is still in use today
*Recycling aluminum saves more than 90% of the energy needed to make new aluminum
For more information, please visit the Aluminum Association and European Aluminum Association.