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Although the low-quality steel from China has negatively affected the US in previous years, aluminum is the new focus, and unlike steel, the US can’t produce enough on its own to meet demands. But how does that connect to national security?

Low-quality aluminum from China was fed into markets and the amount of smelters in the US dropped to a little more than one-fifth of what it was before, all upon China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization. In addition to job loss on a grand scale, high-quality aluminum used in the US to construct small planes and artillery has disappeared, threatening the country’s protection.

Due to the unlikely scenario in which the US calls upon the few other countries to import aluminum, President Trump has ordered an official investigation into the products the country has received as of late. The government hopes to get its biggest aluminum plant running at full capacity once again so as not to depend solely on China for the precious material. The plant’s production could be discontinued otherwise.

Read more: National Security has been put in Danger by Chinese Aluminum Industry

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Rusal, the Russian aluminum company, plans to continue building its newest Siberian plant after generating a significant amount of revenue upon the introduction of better aluminum prices.

The company has consistently made $434 million in profit this year, nearly three times as much as it did in 2016, reinforcing its status as second-biggest aluminum production enterprise in the world. The improvement is mainly due to more sales and raised prices of the versatile metal. Its supply may struggle to appease demand in the next quarter, however.

Riding on its success, Rusal declared it would restart operations at its smelting plant in Taishet, which the board of directors has agreed to finance. Rusal has received a total of $38.5 million from them, a modest but sufficient amount for the job.

Read more: Rusal will Reboot Aluminum Program after First-Quarter Gains

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The United States’ aluminum market heads are asking those of the European Union and Britain to help stop China’s problematic taxes in the industry, which have begun to affect jobs in North America.

China is suspected of breaking the World Trade Organization’s rules by illegally financing prominent market sectors, particularly the aluminum market. Despite the country’s claim that it respects the policies of the World Trade Organization, the US has begun to investigate whether its imported products are negatively affecting its safety.

Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, has received a letter from the aluminum industry encouraging her to take action, insisting that the country’s future will be more secure if it does its part to reinforce the World Trade Organization. Office representatives have not yet responded.

Read more: The US Encourages Europe and Britain to Criticize China’s Aluminum Imports

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Alcoa will soon be introducing black aluminum wheels to the vehicle industry, a Dura-Bright model designed for trucks. If it piques the interest of enough consumers, it’ll be here to stay.

Older generations tend to lean towards the typical silver metals like chrome and steel for their car wheels, but this generation’s young adults are open to new things. Looking to the latter fact, Alcoa has developed their popular Dura-Bright Evo wheel in a sleek black tone. When the sample wheels were displayed at a truck show, many people saw them and grew curious.

This new wheel is created by treating the aluminum with absorptive black material that blends with the first couple layers of the metal. Cutting the wheel open would reveal a tiny layer of the black substance encircling regular silver aluminum. It functions the same way the standard Dura-Bright wheel that came before it does, meaning the only difference between the two is the resulting visual effect.

Read more: Black Aluminum Wheels a Possibility for Alcoa

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For a long time, aluminum siding was thought to be of lower quality than others, particularly wood siding. The truth is, every siding material has its pros and cons, and it’s important for every homeowner to choose the material that works best in their situation.

North Americans, for example, experience many drastic changes in temperature and precipitation, with both hot, humid summers and frigid, snowy winters. This wide range often calls for wood siding, which is both aesthetically pleasing and durable, assuming it’s taken care of.

Unfortunately, maintaining wood siding can be a nuisance, as it takes years of treatment to protect it against insects, mould, and natural decay. If you choose wood trim for your home, be prepared to reseal and repaint it every few years.

Read more: Aluminum, Wood, or Vinyl? Choosing the Right Siding for your Home

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In 2014, a Californian engineer named Robert Steffano envisioned making a motorcycle without a shell, tastefully exposing all the elements required to run a high-quality two-wheeled vehicle. This Ducati would be called the 969 Cafe Roadster, paying homage to the racer bikes used in the fifties and sixties.

Although Steffano had all the parts he needed, he lacked the skills required to complete specialized details on the bike’s frame. Fortunately, he teamed up with Evan Wilcox, an experienced jeweler who knew the ins and outs of working with aluminum, the primary metal used in making vehicles.

Wilcox had previously attended the LA Art Center College of Design for photography, but he soon found he preferred more physical creative tasks. He turned away from photography and used his newfound knowledge of shapes and shadows to shape aluminum, a flexible metal that works with rather than against the artist.

Read more: Aluminum Experts create Metallic Art by Hand

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U.S. President Donald Trump has officially requested an investigation into how the country’s security is affected by its aluminum imports. Depending on the results of said investigation, new taxes and guidelines could be put into place for international aluminum trade between the US and its trading partners, the most prominent one being China.

The drastic drop in the production of this versatile metal is what prompted the opening of the investigation, seeking a solution for a high demand in the industry. If larger weaponry is required for tasks of war in the near future, the lack of aluminum would certainly pose a problem.

Not only is aluminum used for heavy duty combat machines, but it is also used in the construction of most commercial cars and planes. The US may affect its long-held partnership with China if it makes the same claims it made towards China’s steel exports.

Read more: U.S. Aluminum Import Investigation Begins

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Braidy Industries, a newcomer in the aluminum market, has been granted nearly ten million dollars of tax incentives for the construction of a 1.3 billion dollar manufacturing building in South Shore, Kentucky. This building, to be up and running by 2020, will be dedicated to refining aluminum for several types of cars and planes.

If the company successfully completes its goals in its future location, it can hold onto its current piece of investment with the grant. The placement of the plant also offers several new jobs for South Shore residents, helping to negate the area’s recent job loss. Discontinuing the operation of Ohio River’s steel mill was particularly damaging to the area’s economic status.

The future aluminum plant will measure more than two million square feet, complete with a food court, day care centre, and exercise gym. Its placement in Greenup County will provide the region with around 1,500 manual labour jobs in total, with salaries as high as $70k. It plans to refine 370,000 tonnes of aluminum annually.

Read more: Billion Dollar Aluminum Plant to be Built in South Shore, Kentucky

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While North Americans can recycle household items with ease, Ford is going above and beyond to be more resourceful, making an effort to repurpose discarded pieces of aluminum.

The car manufacturer’s new strategy has been implemented in Buffalo, Dearborn, and Kentucky, saving enough aluminum each month to construct tens of thousands of F-Series car frames. The result is a drastic decrease in energy usage and unusable waste, as well as an upgrade in the truck model created from the recycled material.

A mere 10% of the energy needed to produce new aluminum is used in the recycling of old aluminum. With such a noticeable gain in sustainability, nearly three-quarters of processed aluminum is used again and again.

Read more: Ford’s Aluminum Recycling Strategy

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Maison Alcan creator David Culver has passed away at 92 years of age in his Westmount home. Culver is survived by his children Mark, Andrew, Diane, and Michael, and predeceased in 2014 by his wife Mary (Powell) Culver.

Born in Winnipeg on December 5th, 1924, Culver migrated to Montreal with his parents and was raised within the city’s Golden Square Mile. He attended McGill university and graduated in 1947, alongside receiving an MBA from Harvard University. Two years later, he was hired at an aluminum production plant as a worker until he became CEO in 1979. When he wasn’t hard at work, he would go golfing at a club in Georgia or visit his summer home in La Malbaie.

One of David Culver’s greatest achievements outside of work was Maison Alcan, a vintage-meets-modern structure in Montreal that was deemed Alcan’s main location. The construction of the building gave Culver a strong tie to Montreal despite his birthplace, having wanted to create something that paid homage to the city’s timeless style.

Read more: 92-Year-Old Retired Montreal CEO Passes Away

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An official from Chinese commerce urged the American authorities to follow World Trade Organization rules in a dispute regarding anti-subsidy and anti-dumping regarding Chinese Aluminum foil.

After the Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group began accusing Chinese Aluminum foil producing companies of unfair practices like price dumping and subsidies, the Department of Commerce for the U.S. start their investigation.

Despite this dispute, both the Chinese and U.S. aluminum industries actually have a symbiotic relationship. The U.S. reduced their product of lower grade aluminum products like foil 20 years and started focusing on higher end aluminum production. According the Wang Hejun, who leads the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, this is the reason U.S. output has fallen.

Read more: The U.S. Urged by China to Follow the Rules Set by the WTO in the Aluminum Foil Trade Remedy...

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It’s that time of year again - MTA Two-Stroke World Championships time, that is. As usual, tons of two-stroke vehicles are getting ready, but there’s one in particular that stands out: a two-stroke Suzuki RM250 complete with an aluminum frame and premix burning engine.

Despite the plethora of questions asked by curious consumers, there were no answers given from anyone that new anything of Suzuki’s new project. Trials were kept quiet, and all information was withheld until the much anticipated release of the dirtbike.

Suzuki clearly drew inspiration from its earlier models for the engine, pipe, and silencer, modeled after its 2007 steel frame bikes, and the body, modeled after the newer RMZ450. The dirt bike’s spring forks and clamps aren’t the usual, however. The forks and top clamps appear to be stock-produced pieces, and the bottom clamps resemble custom aluminum billets.

Read more: New Suzuki Dirt Bike Sneak Peek

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We’re all officially counting down the days until the warm weather comes knocking at our door! This summer, aluminum beer bottles are ready to make a big impact. The sale of aluminum bottles is already starting to rise steadily as people start to plan their summer activities, road trips, and weekend getaways.

There are a lot of benefits to aluminum bottles. They are resealable, which can be handy in places like music festivals and the beach, where using glass may be against the rules and sand in your beer is not ideal.

Aluminum pints add a whole lot of convenience to drinks, especially during the summertime when you just want to enjoy yourself, worry-free. Whether it’s for tailgating before the big game or just enjoying your time out in the sun, some beer companies are now coming out with resealable caps which means your beer will taste great and stay cold for longer. Better yet, you won’t have to worry about your drink spilling over when you put it aside to take a dip in the pool.

Read more: Spice up your Summer Beer Cooler with Aluminum Bottles

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Move over, sedan - the SUV is growing in popularity for suburban car owners and police officers alike, thanks to the car’s physical pursuit capabilities. Ford is now taking the initiative to create F-150 and Expedition Special Service models, designed specifically for the police force, to rake in the cash.

The former of the two models, the new F-150, will rival its last incarnation with a three-and-a-half-litre EcoBoost V6, paired with a five-litre V8, and the car’s body will be made of an aluminum alloy for optimum efficiency.

The Expedition Special Services model includes the same EcoBoost feature and aluminum construction as the F-150. Ford also ensured both cars were equipped with ten-speed automatic transmission and Auto Start-Stop for fuel conservation.

Read more: Police will Soon Enjoy Benefits of Ford’s Pursuit-Level SUV

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Bharat Aluminum Company, more commonly known as Balco, has found an effective way to keep their sector of the aluminum industry going. Through collecting raw materials locally, increasing worker efficiency, reducing high costs and more, the Chhattisgarh company owned by Vedanta has greatly cut spending and upped production success.

When asked about how the company had dealt with the situation, Balco director Ramesh Nair replied that although they were faced with a drop in commodity pricing, they transformed this challenge into an opportunity. They brought in measures to counteract this and lessened losses, making way for higher production.

Worldwide demand of the malleable metal was what most affected the drop in price, the Aluminum Association of India reports.

Read more: Foiled Plans: Aluminum Producer Takes Steps to Handle Price Plummet

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It’s a sad but all too common story of the ‘roll that got away’: You open up a brand new box of shiny aluminum foil only to have it fall right out of the box when you attempt to tear off a sheet. In the arena of minor disturbances and mysteries, it is one of the most frustrating occurrences, particularly when you’re in a pinch and needing to quickly wrap eats and treats for preservation storage.

You think the company must have forgotten to design a mechanism for holding the roll in place, but somehow missed creating a simple remedy for the obvious glitch. Before you dream of inventing a brand new (not to mention patented and very lucrative) way of holding the wrap in place, I’m here to tell you that it’s been done. The mechanism has been there hidden from sight on the sides of the roll where you have missed it all these years.

Read more: Chances are, You’ve been using Aluminum Foil all Wrong

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One of the most well-known examples of modern architecture with aluminium is found at the London Aquatics Centre, which was constructed for the London 2012 Olympics for swimming competitions.

Aluminium was the obvious solution for creating a concept inspired by moving water. It’s ideal for its standing seam panels, and curved and light roof.

In fact, it’s hard to think of any other material that rivals its qualities for modern architecture. Aluminium is light, formable, versatile, and long-lasting.

It’s not just the unique architecture that distinguishes the London Aquatic Centre. Today, it remains an accessible and vibrant space in the community. Somewhere near 800,000 people each year spend quality time there with friends and family.

Read more: At London’s Aquatics Centre, Aluminium is Making Some Serious Waves

Are you looking to repair your aluminum wheels? Maybe you’ve heard that it’s impossible? Well if your looking to test the impossible, something important you will want to know is that decay is a risk when it comes to aluminum wheels. The good news is that there is more than one way to approach the situation and fix it. Nevertheless it goes without saying that you’re going to want a solution that is guaranteed to work and on top of that, that won’t take up too much of your time. But let’s get real; this is pretty unlikely.

At the end of the day, the ball is in your court. You can either try and fix it yourself if you’re looking to save money or hire a mechanic.

So you’re probably wondering when the deterioration of your aluminum wheels will take place? It can happen during the winter months when you leave your wheels stored in a specific area. When it’s time to take them out, you will discover decay.

Read more: A Guide for Aluminum Wheels

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Aluminum sheets aren’t just for lining baking pans? Well, that’s not exactly what the automotive industry is referring to when talking about a new projection in manufacturing. Aluminum sheet, as opposed to the kitchen foil, is expected to increase in usage to line automotive exterior parts such as fenders and truck beds.

The growth forecast for aluminum sheet and cast is set to experience more than 250 per cent growth respectively taking a large chunk of the market as early as 2022 according to IHS Markit automotive forecaster, Michael Robinet. This will include everything from luxury class vehicles such as the Audi A8 to the Ford’s classic F-150 model.

Robinet expects a shift will be made to aluminum by the same year or the next as aluminum and sturdier steels begin to comprises the bulk of exterior parts and closures such as panels and fenders. Carbon fiber and other composite metals are set to increase in the next decade.

Read more: Aluminum Sheet Growth Forecast

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Aluminum foil isn’t just for wrapping up your leftovers! Take a look at the list below for a few innovative hacks:

Make Brown Sugar Softer

Have you found yourself baking your favourite cookies and then reaching for the brown sugar only to find that it’s hardened? Wrap a chunk of brown sugar in aluminum and bake it in the oven for 5 minutes at 300F.

Move Furniture Around Without Damaging your Floors

Put aluminum foil underneath the legs of your furniture and then slide it to where you want it to be. This will protect your floors from scratches and prevent you from spending money on protective pads.

Read more: Aluminum Foil Hacks

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Believe it or not, researchers have actually developed a way to charge your device by simply walking into a room. Known as The Aluminum Room, the project was funded by Disney Research and it has yielded some rather compelling results thus far.

It sounds simple enough. Electromagnetic signals will charge compatible devices through a copper pole that will radiate from the center of the room. An aluminum wall is capable of keeping a charge of up to 1900 watts safely within its perimeters. Researchers worked to determine how much a human being could safely take and they quickly discovered that it wasn’t very much at all. Soon after this project was started, researchers realized that human beings couldn’t get within two feet of the pole.

Read more: The Aluminum Room from Disney that Wirelessly Charges Your Phone

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There is no question that when it comes to the latest variation to Soundwall, there are at least a couple of features that are well worth getting excited about. A Soundwall can function on a couple of different levels. It can work as an aluminum artwork playing music, or as a flat panel speaker that’s been disguised as paintings. The newest version is known as Nova, and it has some elements that take the core concept of Soundwall to the next level. It is even more interactive than before.

This touch-enabled artwork piece can now utilize both music and lights to create something that engages the viewer on a number of levels. The Magic Touch feature now allows for playing, pausing, or skipping songs that will be streamed to the device from your phone’s Bluetooth -- simply with the touch of your hand. That’s impressive but the same can be said for the all-new Mood Lights feature. You can now manipulate lighting to create an even deeper impact. Using the Soundwall app, you will be able to control everything with ease.

Read more: Artwork or Aluminum Speaker?

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There is no question that aluminum foil is one of the most essential products to have in your home. The list of benefits is endless and some people would go so far as to call it a miracle product. It’s difficult to argue with that opinion!

What are the Dos and Don’ts of Aluminum Foil?

Aluminum foil can do a lot of things. It’s also important to remember that it can’t do everything. Here are some dos and don’ts that can prove useful:

Read more: Dos and Don'ts of Aluminum Foil

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A Japanese studio known as Hiroshi Nakamura/NAP architects recently revealed some images of the Sayama Forest Chapel. This chapel shares space with the Sayama lakeside cemetery complex, which can be found in the Saitama prefecture. This small timber-based structure is located at the threshold of a very dense forest, which eventually reveals a clearing. The nearby road is such that pedestrian traffic is impossible.

The complex compelled NAP architects to work to create a structure that would function as an architecturally secular location to accommodate those in mourning. This Gassho-style creation features two opposing walls that lean against one another, which was used to meet a variety of conceptual and structural demands. The final form is evocative of hands in the prayer position. The angled walls mirror the form of a body in the act of prayer.

Read more: Aluminum-Clad Sayama Forest Chapel Created by NAP Architects

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The United States has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization to highlight the unfair practices of China that has led to a crippling effect in the aluminum and steel sector in the country. China’s unacceptable practices have impacted many countries around the world, particularly the industrially advanced economies that have flourishing steel and aluminum sectors.

The outgoing Obama administration alleged in the trade complaint that China was dumping aluminum across the global market at prices so low that they are not only unrealistic but also artificial. Not only is this practice immoral but also against fair competition and can destroy sectors in many countries including the United States.

In the official complaint to the World Trade Organization, the US has brought to light the illegal subsidies and artificially cheap loans that China has been showering on its aluminum industry and which has led to an uncontrolled boom in the largest Asian economy.

Read more: US Trade Complaint Against China