ALUMINUM: Competition for Bauxite

This week, subject to long-delayed final approval by the Office of Production Management, the U.S. appeared about to get two new plants which would increase its sorely needed aluminum output by 7% (60,000,000 lb. a year). Most notable fact about these plants: they will use no bauxite, the ore which (reduced by Alcoa's Hall process) has been the source of all U.S. aluminum up to now. Instead, they will use alunite, a grey-white mineral.

Nor will Aluminum Co. operate these plants. They belong to a newcomer to aluminum called Kalunite, Inc. Kalunite is...

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