The beauty of aluminium is that it can be processed in a number of ways – and each one gives additional properties and attributes to the form created.
The five most common methods to manufacture aluminium into products for use in today’s world are:
|Method of Manufacture||End Product||Hulamin Businesses|
|Rolled||into sheet, plate and foil||Hulamin Rolled Products|
|Extruded||into extruded profiles||Hulamin Extrusions|
|Cast||in moulds and dies into custom shapes|
|Drawn||through dies into wire|
|Forged||by hammering and pressing into custom shapes|
Hulamin operates in the fields of rolled and extruded products manufacture including foils and containers. The processes and products are highly complementary with various alloys and finishes supplied to the end use manufacturers, our customers.
Example of rolled and extruded products in common everyday products include:
The total consumption of aluminium in all its various forms (rolled, extruded, cast, forged etc.) in 2015 was estimated to be 60 million tons.
Approximately 1 billion tons of aluminium are in use in the world today – as these products (planes, cars, buildings, appliances, smart phones) reach the end of their life they will provide more recycling opportunities. A beverage can has a life measured in weeks – a commercial airliner can be in service for 30 years – but they will both be recycled back into aluminium products.
Recycling aluminium consumes only 5% of the energy needed to smelt primary aluminium.
No other major industrial material has such a large difference between the impact of its two sources (primary or scrap) on the environment.
Aluminium vs Aluminum
Why is it Aluminum in the USA but Aluminium in the rest of the world?
Sir Humphrey Davies (English chemist) named it Aluminium but for some reason Webster's Dictionary in the USA - which is their version of the Oxford dictionary - spelled it Aluminum back in 1828. Finally, the American Chemical Society formally adopted "Aluminum" in 1925.