Coke technology advance could be trouble for aluminum makers

Oct 05, 2007 | 09:31 AM | Maria Guzzo

New technology in the coke-making business won't affect the aluminum industry in the short term but could create problems over the long haul, market participants said at a recent conference.

Traditional coke-making technology produces a byproduct called carbon pitch that is used to make anodes required in the aluminum production process. However, new coke-making technology favored by government regulators does not produce pitch, and some observers said this could lead to shortages of anodes—and therefore aluminum—in the future.....

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