Eric Westlund

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    Aluminum in Transportation

    Editor’s Note: Constantly changing, constantly innovating, the transportation industry relies on aluminum and every other materials group in manufacturing their products, which today move us speedily across land, sea, air, and even into space itself. All told, in 2021, transportation represented the biggest global aluminum market share with some 32% of all primary or secondary […]

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    October 2022

    Cover Aluminum profiles on the runnout table of the new 25 MN, 8 inch extrusion line installed by General Extrusions Inc. at its facility in Youngstown, OH. The highly automated new line enables the company to modernize its operations. The line more than doubles the company’s current capacity, ensuring its continued success in the years […]

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    New Developments in Aluminum Rolling, Heat Treatment and More

    US11400498 — CROSS ROLLING MILL — SMS Group GmbH (Germany) — A cross-rolling mill, comprising: a plurality of roll shafts (1), each having a rotary bearing and applying a radially directed rolling force to a workpiece, wherein an orientation of a roll axis (w) of at least one of the roll shafts (1) is adjustable […]

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    August 2022

    Cover End-of-life autos ready for shredding and recycling. (See article on page 38) Articles World Secondary Aluminum Industry Annual Review By Rudolf P. Pawlek Page 6 Addressing the Problem of Greenwashing in the Aluminum Industry By Subodh Das and Martin Hartlieb Page 18 Aluminum Insights’ Support and Service: Seamless Collaboration between Extruder and Customer Page […]

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    June 2022

    Cover Aluminum Ford F-150 crew cab being assembled at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, MI. Switching to aluminum for the body of its best selling pickup truck saved weight, improved performance, and was able to hold up to the rugged workload of truck users. As Ford moves into the electric vehicle market with its […]

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    Aluminum Extrusion Processing and Applications

    Editor’s Note: With ET ’22 happening (May 3-5, 2022), it was appropriate to focus on aluminum extrusion for the International Patent Calendar for our April issue. The extrusion patents selected for this issue have been recently issued within the past 18 months and cover invented technologies in every business category that aluminum extruders serve, i.e., […]

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    April 2022

    Cover Extrusion-lined entryway to the new Museum of Modern Aluminum (MoMA) in Nonthabun, Thailand. The museum is a nod to Thailand’s past aluminum industry, while also aiming to showcase the futuristic aspects of the metal’s applications. Extrusions are used inside and outside the building to stunning effect. See article on page 50. Articles INTEX Reinvents […]

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    Primary Aluminum: U.S. and China

    Editor’s Note: The focus of this issue’s patent survey is a comparison of primary aluminum invention patents granted in both the U.S. and China in just the past year. In both countries, the issued invention patents are enforceable over a 20-year term. At the same time, the contrast in the present state of primary aluminum […]