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Transport Aluminium Market

Aluminium intensive trucks, trailers and tankers have given fleet owners huge payload benefits as the weight saved by using aluminium can be used for increased payloads.  This in turn reduces the incentive to overload and damage our valuable road infrastructure.

In the harsh marine environment, aluminium has special alloys to provide the strength, workability and corrosion resistance required.

Aluminium has become the material of choice for transportation designers looking for durability and economy of operation and fabrication.

Key Features

These key features make aluminium a key material for use in all transport forms:

Light weight

Every kilogram saved in the structure of a commercial road vehicle, a ship or a train increases its load capacity and profitability over its work life.

Corrosion Resistance

Airplanes, trucks, trains and ships are in use for up to 30 years.  They need to stand the test of time – and aluminium helps them to do this


Aluminium can be alloyed and processed to achieve the necessary strength needed in its many applications


Sheet, plate and extrusions are all key components of modern vehicles and vessels.  Aluminium’s ability to be joined together without any compromise on strength is a huge plus for the metal.


When the end of a vehicle’s life comes, the aluminium is stripped out and recycled with all the inherent properties of the metal intact.


Hulamin in Transportation

Our rolled sheet and plate is used:

On Land:

  • Tippers
  • Tankers
  • Panel vans
  • Caravans
  • Canopies
  • Number plates

On the ocean:

  • Yachts
  • Boats
  • Ships

Our extruded profiles are used in:

  • Flat bed trailers
  • Tippers
  • Tankers
  • Train doors and windows
  • Yachts, boats and ships

Fast Facts: Did you know?

  • In an average articulated truck, aluminium components can reduce the weight of a truck trailer by up to 2 000 kg.
  • The first all-aluminium seagoing vessel, a 6m yacht, was built in France in 1892.
  • Large ships can contain as much as 2 000 tons of aluminium. This allows for a considerable weight reduction when compared to vessels made from steel.
  • Railways were once referred to as ‘the iron way’; today many structural elements of a train as well as carriage bodies, are made completely from aluminium. This helps trains to be energy efficient and travel at over 350 km/h.