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April 2021


Aluminum profiles coated using the sublimation process at Benkam Alu Extrusions in Uzbekistan. The company is currently launching a massive multi-year expansion project, which will increase its extrusion, surface finishing, and fabrication capacities. See article on page 6.


Benkam Launches Multi-Year Expansion to Increase Extrusion Capacity
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Bridge in a Box: New Aluminum Bridge Designed for Rapid Emergency Response
By Alexandre de la Chevrotière, et al.
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Accelerating Aluminum Extrusion Demand: Interview with Paul Warton
Page 18

Casthouse Management and Operations – Part II: An Introduction to Vertical DC Casthouse Operating Costs
By Jake Biancur and Kedar Tilak
Page 20

AEC Positioned to Address Extruders’ Needs in a Dynamic Market: Interview with Jeff Henderson
Page 26

Extrusion Industry News & Technology

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Southeastern Extrusion Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Page 30

Interlocking Extrusions Enable Radio Concealment Pole for Smart Cities
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Determining the Effect of Preheating Bolsters on Die Performance
By Tommaso Pinter
Page 34

Introduction to Anodizing Aluminum: Why and How to Enhance Final Product
By Dr. Anne Deacon Juhl
Page 36

Continuing to Navigate the Pandemic
By Alex Lowery
Page 38

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