BURYING THE ALUMINUM BOX?
Despite its long and proven record of providing an extended service life, high resistance to extremes of climate and a low tare weight, the use of aluminium alloy in new container constructions is gradually losing popularity. This view is supported by some hard facts, the most obvious being the rising cost of the raw material (considered by the author as the prime reason), together with the markedly increasing number of cheaper all-purpose containers now available for lease. Yet another factor, however, is the acknowledgement by many traditional protagonists of light alloy that steel -- that highly versatile material -- can, with improved specifications and construction methods, match most of the advantages offered by aluminium and moreover at a lower cost. However, the author wonders whether even the advance of leasing or improved steel technology could ever sound the death knell of the aluminum box.
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- Foxcroft, A
- Publication Date: 1980-4
- Pagination: 6 p.
- TRT Terms: Aluminum alloys; Containers; Economic analysis; Industrial materials; Materials selection
- Old TRIS Terms: Container construction materials; Economic analysis (Materials selection)
- Subject Areas: Economics; Freight Transportation; Marine Transportation; Materials;
- Accession Number: 00319014
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM