Historic Cover Archive
2007 to 2005
2007 to 2005
Caption: Coiled aluminum sheet from the hot mill awaiting further reduction on the cold mill at Koenig & Vits in Wisconsin.
Caption: The latest Shinkansen Series N700 train “Nozomi” features lightweight aluminum construction. (Photo courtesy JR Central)
Caption: View of the mouth of the new Ube press and Cometal puller at Frontier Aluminum in Corona, California. Frontier recently expanded their existing facilities in California and constructed a new anodizing plant in Mexico. With Italian handling equipment built in China and a Chinese anodizing line, assembled in Mexico, Frontier has found a successful strategy to compete globally.
Caption: Inside Elixir Industries’ new facility in Douglas, Georgia, AlumiCore side rails are ready to undergo five successive bending operations prior to aging. Further value-added processing completes Elixir’s manufacture of the platform frame for the Club Car’s Precedent golf cart
Caption: Image of a 3-D solid model of an extrusion main cylinder and main cylinder housing (ram is shown in blue). Precisely sized models allow for pre-manufacture visualization of mating parts, virtual assembly of planned components, FEA, and stress analysis. In the hands of a capable engineer, 3-D modeling represents the next step forward in the modern extrusion design process. (Image courtesy of Butech Bliss.)
Caption: New fully equipped Wagstaff casting pit at Krasnoyarsk for production of 12 meter long slabs. The newly modernized casting complex is the largest in Russia and the CIS for aluminum rolling slabs.
Caption: RUSAL Armenal recently completed a $70+ million modernization of its rolling mill in Yerevan, Armenia. This included six aluminum foil rolling mills (one pictured here) and one strip rolling mill as well as their associated auxiliary systems all supplied by Achenbach Buschhütten of Germany.
Caption: Aura® Color Infusion Technology from Bayer Material Science LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania produces aluminum wheels with metallic surfaces that can be custom-colored.
Caption: Aluminum extrusion destacker, made by Granco Clark and located at Indalex in Connersville, Indiana, minimizes profile handling after aging.
Caption: New melting and casting units are being commissioned at SUAL’s Kamensk-Uralsky Metallurgical Plant (KUMZ) in Russia. The company invested RUB 133 million in modernizing its foundry operation. Each unit includes a ladle metallurgy facility, a hydraulic casting machine with a capacity of 45 tonnes, and advanced equipment for casting rolling ingots and extrusion billets.
Caption: Kam Kiu Aluminium Extrusion Co. Ltd in Guangdong province is ranked among the largest extrusion companies in China with an extrusion capacity of 150,000 mt per year.
Caption: With the completion of its Phase II expansion, Aluminerie Alouette Inc. in Quebec, Canada has increased its primary aluminum capacity to 550,000 tpy.
Caption: One of ten rolling mill housings weighing 190,000 lbs., machined on Butech Bliss’s 14’ planer mill at the company's 300,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Salem, Ohio. Butech will ship the entire five stand hot aluminum rolling mill to a customer in Asia by mid-2006.
Caption: Jaguar's advanced lightweight coupe concept car (pictured) led to the production model of the all-new 2007 Jaguar XK. (Photo courtesy Bruce Benedict.)
Caption: New runout table with puller and puller-saw at Crown Extrusions based in Chaska, Minnesota.
Caption: An operator gets set to change an extrusion die on one of the four presses at the Indalex Mississauga plant near Toronto, Canada.
Caption: A vast array of aluminum extrusion profiles indicates the creativity of die designers as well as the endless possibilities inherent in the aluminum extrusion process. Photo taken by Luigi Ingraldi of Compes, International.
Caption: The Kurri Kurri smelter in New South Wales in Australia underwent significant upgrades in 2004 which will continue into 2005.