METALS: More Magnesium

An enormous increase in U.S. aluminum and magnesium production was authorized by WPB this week. The program calls for an annual output of 2,000,000,000 Ib. of aluminum, 700,000,000 Ib. of magnesium-the first a 35%, the second a 75% increase in capacity previously planned.

The magnesium program was to enlist a new process that uses less power than present electrolytic methods: ferrosilicon. Pulverized and mixed with calcined dolomite (a common magnesium ore), the ferrosilicon reduces the ore in a vacuum, and magnesium of high purity results. Henry Ford, Union Carbide & Carbon and...

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