Google News article Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is reportedly considering moving to a new aluminum alloy for its lockers.
A Google spokeswoman confirmed the news to Bloomberg, but did not provide details.
Aluminium, meanwhile, is known for its poor durability, according to Bloomberg.
It has been used for many years in the US as a replacement for copper.
Bloomberg also reported that Apple is planning to introduce a new type of lock that uses aluminum, though the company did not immediately comment.
The new metal, which has not been named, would be a replacement, according Google.
The move could make it easier for manufacturers to move to new materials.
Alumina metal is the most abundant and affordable of the metal-reinforced polymer (MRP) materials.
A similar technology has been found in high-end watches, according the BBC.
Google is also said to be considering using aluminium for a new high-density memory (HDD) chip in its Chromebook laptops, Bloomberg reported.
Google’s Chromebooks use a metal alloy called alumina to protect them from dust and water.
The technology is already used in Google’s Pixel phones, the search giant’s new flagship devices.
Google also recently announced plans to release its new Chromebook Pixelbook, which uses alumina in its keyboard and display.
Google plans to introduce more Chromebooks using alumina, Bloomberg noted.