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    Faraday Blasts Into the Future

    Faraday Future (FF) and the Gonzalez Group, shared a video unveiling the fully automated system that will manufacture their flagship EV’s (FF 91) lightweight aluminum closures. The new video highlights Gonzalez Group preparing and testing equipment for future installation at the FF manufacturing plant in Hanford, California. Additionally, it showcases part of the robot health […]

  • Castool Tooling Solutions - Material Selection for Extrusion Tooling

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    Material Selection for Extrusion Tooling

    By Yahya Mahmoodkhani and Paul Robbins, Castool Tooling Systems. Abstract This paper will discuss the most important aspects of material selection for extrusion tooling in detail. Correct material selection and proper heat treatment for tooling are vital factors of profitability. A good decision theory must consider different aspects and variables, including cost, longevity, cycle time, […]

  • Construction is underway for Pries Enterprises' new aluminum extrusion operations.

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    Pries Initiates an Expansion of Its Aluminum Extrusion Capacity

    Pries Enterprises is continuing to grow through the expansion of its aluminum extrusion operations in Buchanan County, Iowa. The expansion includes the installation of the company’s largest extrusion press to date, increasing capacity by 50%. “The aluminum extrusion industry continues to see strong growth in auto, building and construction and recreational products due to its […]

  • Plan to Install One of the World’s Largest Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems at UACJ

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    UACJ Plans to Install One of the World’s Largest Rooftop Solar Systems in Thailand

    UACJ (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of UACJ Corporation, signed an agreement with Kansai Energy Solutions (Thailand) Co., Ltd. to construct one of the one of the world’s largest rooftop photovoltaic systems. The solar power system will be installed on the Rayong Works, an aluminum rolling and manufacturing facility in Thailand. Established in February 2010, […]

  • plane landing gear - Optomec Inc. has added 7000 series aluminum alloys to its list of qualified for use in its LENS 3D DED metal additive printing equipment.

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    Optomec Adds Aluminum to Its Mix of Metal Additive Printing Recipes

    Additive manufacturing of aluminum is a small but growing segment, with applications being utilized in niche sectors of the industrial and aerospace industries. In particular, manufacturers are interested in implementing 7000 series aluminum for additive manufacturing due to its high strength. These alloys have also been commonly used in cast, forged, or extruded components for […]

  • Alcoa Plans Restart of Aluminum Smelting Capacity at Alumar in Brazil

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    Alcoa Plans to Restart Aluminum Smelting Capacity at Alumar in Brazil

    Alcoa Corporation plans to restart idled capacity at its Alumar smelter in São Luís, Brazil, which has been fully curtailed since 2015. Once fully operational, the restarted lines will be able to produce up to 268,000 tonnes of aluminum per year. “Our restart decision is based on an analysis that shows the smelter can be […]

  • Western Magnesium - primary magnesium production - team members sit in front of a billboard, signing an agreement for the new location of the magnesium plant

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    Western Magnesium to Build First Magnesium Plant in Ohio

    Western Magnesium Corporation held an official signing and unveiling ceremony for its first commercial production site in Harrison County, Ohio. The company signed partnership agreements with numerous economic development groups in Harrison County for the construction of its plant. “Management spent 16 months vetting other states and searching for the best opportunity for our first […]

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    Constellium Supplies Aluminum for Ford F-150 Lightning

    Constellium will be supplying aluminum structural components for the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning, which will be available Spring 2022. The F-150 Lightning, like other F-Series pickup trucks, extensively uses high-strength aluminum alloys. The structural components Constellium is providing for the F-150 Lightning include the windshield header, rocker, radiator support, and other unspecified parts. “Constellium is […]

  • Figure 1. A Honda Pilot following the small overlap front crash test on the driver side. The position of the dummy shows that the driver compartment remained intact. (Source: IIHS.)

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    Aluminum Extrusions Prove Superior in Bumper Systems

    By Andrew Halonen, Mayflower Consulting LLC. The automotive business is rife with change as OEMs introduce new powertrains for hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs). Car companies are also spending billions in big bets on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), ride sharing, artificial intelligence (AI), and service businesses in an attempt to shift dollars from the […]