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In this age of plastics we often forget about natural resources of the past.
One man hazarded the prediction that, at least in furniture, the "age of plastics" will do away not only with woodworking machinery but with sandpaper, lacquer and finishing departments as we know them.
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.