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The Aluminum Industry in the 1980’s

  • Noel Jarrett

Abstract

About four years ago, two years after the first OPEC oil embargo, economic projections into the future showed four major problems facing the aluminum industry in the 1980’s and beyond:
  1. 1.

    Ever increasing cost and probable decreasing availability of all energy, more pointedly, electrical energy.

     
  2. 2.

    Dependence on foreign supplies of raw materials—bauxite and petroleum, from which anode coke is made.

     
  3. 3.

    High capital intensity—ever increasing capital investment per annual ton of aluminum.

     
  4. 4.

    Ever tightening environmental controls of evolutions and waste disposal.

     

Keywords

Petroleum Coke Aluminum Industry Hall Cell Solar Grade Silicon Aluminum Cathode 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Noel Jarrett
    • 1
  1. 1.Metal Production Laboratories, Alcoa LaboratoriesAluminum Company of AmericaAlcoa CenterUSA

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