Norsk Hydro's re-melting plant set to open in Kentucky in 2001 likely will be the first of several facilities that it will build in the U.S. to make primary quality aluminum from recycled aluminum scrap — an innovation that should sharply reduce aluminum costs for automakers. Aluminum has been replacing steel in cars and trucks because it is lighter and makes vehicles more fuel efficient. But steel still wins turf battles for vehicle applications because it is cheaper to make. By producing ...

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