a unique metal
driving the green transition
Aluminium is the world’s most used non-ferrous base metal. But with its attractive properties and strategic role in the green transition, aluminium is anything but basic. Our sustainable, versatile material allows key sectors to decarbonise and achieve otherwise impossible outcomes through its unique combination of properties and effects. You can find aluminium everywhere: from packaging, consumer durables, and healthcare products to buildings, construction, mobility, aerospace, and energy generation.
Serving six out of the EU’s fourteen industrial ecosystems, aluminium is a critical component for the greening of our economy. From solar panels, wind turbines and batteries to resource-efficient packaging, e-mobility and sustainable buildings, the road to net-zero is paved with aluminium!
Aluminium can be recycled endlessly with no downgrading of quality, making aluminium a material with permanent properties. Furthermore, the aluminium recycling process requires only about 5% of the energy used to produce primary aluminium - a significant CO2-saving benefit.
Aluminium is a very light material, with one-third the density of steel. Despite its lightness, it is an extremely strong metal that can provide the same strength relative to weight ratio as advanced steel and titanium.
Aluminium is a great conductor for heat and electricity, enabling energy-efficient systems for electricity transmission.
Aluminium develops a natural oxide layer, protecting it against corrosion and making it virtually maintenance-free. That’s key for both products with very long lifetimes or applications exposed to extreme conditions, such as satellites and airplanes!
Aluminium is easy to form, join and work with, thanks to its ductility, low melting points, and lightness. It’s basically suitable for any application, in any form.
Aluminium is an excellent barrier against light, odour, and contamination, making it a perfect packaging material.