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In this age of plastics we often forget about natural resources of the past.
Only with the internationalization of competition in the 1980s, as the corporation approached its centennial, did Alcoa seem to falter, stymied as much by its history of success, we are told, as by aluminum's diminishing appeal in an age of plastics and ceramics.
The age of plastics arrived decades ago, when chemists learned to string together chemical units, called monomers, to make polymers.