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Aluminium alloys are employed in aircraft production, cooking utensils, marine applications, drink cans and construction. The metal is vital to renewable energy, while electric-vehicle (EV) manufacturers use it to make lighter cars, prolonging battery life.

Aluminium usage in European cars increased by 18% between 2019 and 2022, says automotive consultancy Ducker Carlisle. Aluminium is classified by the US and the EU as a “critical mineral”. In 2020, the World Bank described aluminium as a “high-impact” metal in all existing and potential green-energy technologies. Yet “you wouldn’t know it from the perilous state of primary metal production on both sides of the Atlantic”, says Reuters. So what has been the problem?


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