Advantages of Aluminium
Components made from aluminium extrusions are some of the commonest parts used in the manufacturing industry and can be seen in many day to day applications, from cars to aircraft and office equipment to lighting to name a few. The lightweight, durable and flexible design properties of aluminium extrusions give them a vast range of structural and finishing uses, whether in their naturally bright-unfinished form, powder coated, electroplated or anodised.
Aluminium extrusions can be produced in a vast range of shapes and sizes to suit the requirements of your particular product. A variety of alloys, heat treatment options and tempers are available to meet different functional product specifications. Innovative design will minimize machining and assembly times. Features like screw ports, to allow on-site assembly, or fitting of end plates are so easy to build into an extrusion.
Once extruded, a component can be cut, machined, punched or formed prior to the final surface finishing as required.
Aluminium has many advantages over other materials; besides its high strength to weight properties, it does not corrode in the same way as steel and can be recycled in a more efficient manner that is less detrimental to the environment.
When a product that has traditionally been made from steel or plastic is compared over its entire product life cycle also taking into account reduced machining and assembly times, aluminium extrusions will often prove to be the most cost effective and environmentally friendly solution.
Aluminium is the most widely used metal after steel.
Recycling of Aluminium
Aluminium is 100% recyclable and only takes 5% of the energy required to produce the primary metal.
Once the recycling process is completed, the aluminium reverts exactly to the same state as before, with no deterioration occuring.
75% of the worlds aluminium is still in use today.
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