A brief history of Aluminium and how the industry is regulated

It is the most copious mineral on earth following oxygen and silicon. Aluminium is present in almost every home, whether it is in the form of wires, window frames, doors, burglar bars, and aluminium foil.

Do you know the history of this amazing, versatile, and recyclable metal?

When was aluminium discovered

Aluminium is one of the most widespread metals on earth, making up almost 8% of the core’s mass; however, pure aluminium does not exist in nature, but rather binds with other elements. Aluminium is one of the more recent metal discoveries and became popular in the early 1800s. It was first extracted from ore in 1825 by a Danish chemist named Hans Oersted who used electricity to break down the ore into its different elements using the process of electrolysis.

In the 1800s aluminium was considered more precious than gold due to the difficulty and expense in extracting the mineral. More than 50 years after it was first extracted in its pure form, a cost-effective means of extracting the metal was developed by two separate engineers, Charles Hall and Paul Heroult. In the late 1800s, an Austrian engineer named Karl Bayer developed a process to extract aluminium from a widely occurring ore called Bauxite. To this day both Hall-Heroult and Bayer methods are used to produce most of the world’s aluminium.

What is aluminium used for?

The popularity of aluminium resulted in the use of electrical wiring, industrial engines, aircraft frames, ship infrastructure, security doors, burglar bars and recent technological products such as smartphones and laptops.

Who regulates the production of aluminium?

It is crucial that the industry is strictly regulated to ensure that aluminium products used in homes and businesses meet industry standards. In South Africa, companies which produce architectural aluminium products, such as aluminium doors and windows, fall under the regulation of the Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa (AAAMSA). These standards are in place to ensure that certified company products comply and maintain the required safety, commercial conduct, quality, and workmanship standards.

Aluminium products purchased by suppliers that are not certified by the AAAMSA increases the risk of getting products that do not meet the industry quality standards and may result in safety risks, therefore, it is important to always ensure that suppliers from which you buy your aluminium products are AAAMSA certified to confirm that the products you buy meet quality standards.

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