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Factoid Friday

April 1, 2011

Raw rub Bauxite was smelted from clay by the Chinese to make crude aluminum tools as early as 300AD.  It however took the West until the early 19th Century to discover this wonder metal.


Factoid Friday

March 25, 2011

Approximately 350,000 aluminum cans are made in a minute.  With more than 50% consumed by North Americans.

Factoid Friday

March 18, 2011

Aluminum has a very high melting point – 1,220F, to be exact.  Making it one of the highest melting points.  Tungsten being the highest melting points at well over 2700F.  This fact makes aluminum a perfect match for cooking, and aircraft components.

Factoid Friday

March 11, 2011

To demonstrate the strength of aluminum cans, four average six packs of beer in aluminum cans will support the weight of a 4,000-lb. passenger car.

Factoid Friday

March 4, 2011

The thickness of the side of an aluminum can is about the same as that of a human hair.  It is possible to produce cans 3 times thinner and still hold soft drink; it’s the stacking and handling issue that determines the cans thickness.

Factoid Friday

February 25, 2011

The industry that uses the most aluminum is the beverage industry, followed by extrusion for household goods such as railings and window frames, followed thirdly by industrial and lastly automotive parts.

Factoid Friday

February 18, 2011

The average lifespan of an aluminum beverage can is six weeks, including the time it takes to be manufactured, filled, sold, recycled and remanufactured.

Factoid Friday

February 11, 2011

Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust, and the third most abundant element, after oxygen and silicon.  Yet one of the most complex metals to isolate and manufacture commercially.

Factoid Friday

January 14, 2011

Rubies, emeralds and sapphires consist mainly of crystalline aluminum oxide.

The same material used in making aluminum.

Factoid Friday

January 7, 2011

Did you know that American consumers and industry throw away enough aluminum

to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial air fleet every three months?