Product Characterization

The primary and secondary aluminum industry produces ingots of pure (greater than 99%) aluminum that serve as feedstock for other materials and processes. Within the U.S., the leading end-users of aluminum come from three industries: containers and packaging, transportation, and building and construction. Examples of materials produced with aluminum are sheet metal; aluminum plate and foil; rod, bar, and wire; beverage cans; automobiles; aircraft components; and window/door frames.

At present, the automotive sector is the largest end-user. The next largest end-user is the beverage can stock. Automotive use of aluminum is expected to sky-rocket as the sector increases its use of aluminum to increase fuel efficiency.

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