Aluminium encyclopaedia

Weber’s ‘Aluminium Pocket Encyclopaedia’ contains the most important technical terms used in the aluminium industry and provides interesting information about aluminium, from A for Alloys through to Z for Zeppelin. It is intended to provide an introduction to the metal.


Packaging made from aluminium is available in a wide range of forms for numerous products. Benefits are low weight, impermeability and good formability.


Electrolytic cell for aluminium extraction using fused-salt electrolysis.


Fine and extremely fine aluminium flakes and grains produced by tamping or atomisation; used, for example, in paint and rocket fuel.

Power generation

More than half of the electricity needed for the electrolysis is obtained from hydroelectric power.

Price of aluminium

Aluminium has been traded on the London Metal Exchange since the 1970s

Primary aluminium

Aluminium produced directly from aluminium oxide.

Printing plates (lithographic sheet)

Thin plate/sheet of unalloyed aluminium, which serves as the carrier for the printing motif in offset printing.


All of the processes used for manufacturing aluminium products from preliminary products such as semi-finished products. Aluminium is a material that can be readily processed.


Finished products made from aluminium cover a broad range from kitchen foil to carbine swivels and include engine parts and rail vehicles.


Also called "sections". Long rod-like aluminium products with constant cross section, which can be produced in a range of shapes and forms, including hollow ones. Profiles are produced almost exclusively by extrusion.


Thanks to its low density, high conductivity for electricity and heat, good corrosion resistance and easy formability, aluminium can be used in a wide range of applications. It is possible to modify most of its properties to achieve specific changes.