Alcoa, U.S. Army To Develop World's Largest Single-Piece Aluminum Hull

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Alcoa and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are working together to improve troop protection. The two “have launched a cooperative effort to develop an aluminum solution to a grave threat to soldier safety: Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The solution, a single-piece aluminum hull for ground combat vehicles, would replace today’s assembled hulls and deliver even greater strength and durability. In addition to safety benefits, the single-piece hull would reduce vehicle weight and assembly time, and, therefore, overall cost,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

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On Friday, October 18, the Indian aluminum cash price experienced the biggest change, rising 2.0 percent. Following a 0.5 percent rise last Friday, the primary aluminum cash price closed on the LME at $1,796 per metric ton. The 3-month price of aluminum rose 0.5 percent on the LME to $1,843 per metric ton after a two-day drop.

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Chinese aluminum prices were mixed for the day. Chinese aluminum scrap fell 0.6 percent last Friday. The Chinese aluminum cash price is back up, rising by 0.1 percent last Friday. Chinese aluminum billet held its value last Friday. For the fifth consecutive day, the price of Chinese aluminum bar held flat.