The Aluminum Association Concerned about CNIA Call for Removal of Export Tax on Primary Aluminum

ARLINGTON, VA -- The Aluminum Association, which represents producers and suppliers to the North American aluminum industry, expressed strong concern today about a recent call for the removal of a long-standing 15 percent tax on primary aluminum exported from China.

Industry Celebrates 125 Years of Commercial Aluminum Production

A man, a mission, a metal……and the rest is history

ARLINGTON, Va., One hundred and twenty-five years ago this month, Charles Martin Hall discovered a method by which to produce aluminum commercially—transforming it from a precious metal to an everyday material. It was a development that would change the course of human history.

Study: Major Sustainability Gains For North American Aluminum Industry

Energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production in the United States and Canada have declined significantly in recent years according to a new, peer-reviewed life-cycle assessment (LCA) report released by the Aluminum Association. 

Primary Production

Quick Read

Primary production is the process by which alumina is smelted to pure aluminum metal. The Hall–Héroult process, simultaneously discovered in 1886 by American Charles Martin Hall and Frenchman Paul Héroult, continues as the main industrial process by which primary aluminum is made. In 1888, Martin founded the first large-scale aluminum production plant in Pittsburgh. The Reduction Company of Pittsburgh later became the Aluminum Company of America, then Alcoa.