Aluminum is a highly malleable metal, which means it can be rolled or hammered into extremely thin sheets without breaking. It is the second most malleable of all metals after gold.
Aluminum was first isolated in its pure form by Friedrich Wohler in 1827. In addition to being highly malleable, aluminum also has good ductility, which means it can be stretched without breaking. In terms of metals, aluminum is the seventh most ductile. The metal's high level of malleability, ductility, light weight and resistance to corrosion are why it is used for soda cans, kitchen utensils and other common household products.