About Aluminium

Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust and has been produced commercially since 1888. It’s now the second most used metal in the world after iron. Approximately 75% of aluminium ever produced is still in use today, as it can be recycled endlessly without compromising any of its unique properties or quality.

Aluminium is strong, durable, flexible, impermeable, lightweight, corrosion resistant and 100% recyclable. Aluminium can be alloyed with many different elements, takes many forms and has various surface finishes. Because of its versatility aluminium has become a popular application in construction and building. This includes air, road, rail and sea transport, packaging and electronics. Aluminium’s contribution to a more sustainable future is widely recognised.

The Aluminium Story is a series of websites was created by the International Aluminium Institute in cooperation with aluminium associations around the world, including the Australian Aluminium Council. Click on the buttons to learn more about the different phases of aluminium production and use.

The aluminium story

Refining Production Transport

Packaging Recycling