• Dieter Gustav Altenpohl
Part of the MRE Materials Research and Engineering book series (MATERIALS)


The era of exponential growth in materials consumption is drawing to a close. What will replace it? Zero or no-growth is not the answer. A policy of no-growth cannot work world-wide. There is a need to reshape attitudes about growth. Civilization is entering a transition period which will affect the materials industries. In this concluding chapter, we outline a few common problems facing the materials industries in the years ahead, and describe some key issues providing a birdseye view of the main trends which are visible today. Before doing this, we will briefly review the background for our analysis.


Material Industry Material Consumption Heuristic Model Postindustrial Society Problem Analysis Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dieter Gustav Altenpohl
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  1. 1.Swiss Aluminium Ltd.ZurichSwitzerland

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