Randall Scheps, Director of Consumer Electronics Market Development at Alcoa, has highlighted the role of aluminum in producing sustainable consumer electronics design in the future at GreenInfoTech Summit. The event took place at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center located in Atlanta.
Scheps explained that rapid development in the consumer electronics market produces sustainability problems. Aluminum can help overcome such challenges. Recycling of aluminum can be done without downcycling. The durability, light weight, unbounded surface finishes and heat conductivity of the aluminum metal makes it an ideal alterative to plastics.
Consumer electronics is a rapid growing market for the metal. It is expected that the aluminum content in laptops and LCD TVs will rise by 30% and 465%, respectively by 2013.
Alcoa has recently purchased a 10% rights in Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) to meet the sustainability challenges. The collaboration allows the company to bring recycling expertise for managing e-waste, thereby increasing the role of aluminum in creating more sustainable consumer electronics.