The Lithium Market


Making transportation Lighter and Greener Using Aluminum-Lithium Alloy

Aircraft manufacturers are continuously seeking to refresh existing aircrafts or develop next generation aircrafts, their customers want planes that are less expensive to fly, have longer inspection intervals, longer useful lifetimes and offer enhanced comfort for the flying public. Recently, Alcoa Inc. has partnered with aircraft manufacturers to meet this market need. Alcoa has developed new aluminum alloys and third generation aluminum-lithium alloys that are up to 7% less dense than the current generation. These new aluminum-lithium alloys are expected to reduce the next generation, short range aircraft by up to 10% versus composite-intensive planes. This weigh reduction is expected to produce a 12% increase in fuel efficiency. Alcoa is planning to expand their aluminum-lithium production facilities at three locations around the world.

"The future of aviation is being built with aluminum-lithium and Alcoa is making big moves to capture that demand" Klaws Klein, Alcoa Chairman and CEO. "This state of the art facility positions Alcoa as the world's premier aluminum-lithium supplier, offering the broadest portfolio of aluminum. Lithium components for next generation aircraft"

Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant in Indiana:

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It is estimated that in 2014 smartphones users, worldwide, will total 1.75 billion. In this same time period, Gartner speculates that worldwide traditional PC's, tablets, ultra mobile and mobile phone shipments are on pace to grow 7.6 percent, an increase of 2.5 billion units. Between 2013 and 2017, mobile phone penetration will rise from 61.1% to 69.4% of the global population, according to a new emerging report "Worldwide mobile phone users." On average, mobile devices usually carry between 8-25 grams of lithium, depending on the watt hour ratings of the device. In contrast, vehicles can carry anywhere from 0.3Kg (300g) to 5 Kg of lithium, depending on the type of battery and the size of the car.

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