Dryblower visits the lightweight world of aluminium in a week when iron ore is the heavyweight topic

THE eyes of the mining world will be focused on iron ore this week as a heavyweight forum discussing the troubled mineral kicks off in Perth. So Dryblower thought it appropriate to lighten up a little by looking at the metal most miners have forgotten – aluminium.

While not seeming to have a lot in common, there is a golden thread linking iron ore and aluminium called economics, specifically the lesson of what happens when supply exceeds demand.