Davis Index: Market Intelligence for the Global Metals and Recycled Materials Markets

Technology giant Apple has filed two new patents which pertain to the use of UBC scrap and other post-consumer aluminum scrap to be used in the manufacturing of MacBook laptops. The patents documents are named ‘Heat-treatable aluminum alloy made from UBC’ and ‘Cosmetic aluminum alloys made from recycled aluminum scrap’. 


Back in 2018, Apple had indicated that its new MacBook will use a custom aluminum alloy which will use aluminum shavings as its primary raw material. Media reports now tie together this indication and the patents filed. However, the volume of scrap that will be used by the company for this purpose has not been disclosed. 


The patent also disclosed the amount of copper, silicon and various other alloying metals to be used in the custom alloy. Notably, Apple used p1020 (99.7pc pure Al) before this for its production needs. 

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