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  • AEC Aluminum Extrusion Manual

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    AEC Releases Updated Aluminum Extrusion Manual

    The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has updated the Aluminum Extrusion Manual — one of the most important and popular resources on the AEC website. The manual is designed to be a resource for designers and engineers to learn more about the aluminum extrusion process; discover how to optimize profile designs; and find technical information on alloys, finishes, […]

  • Alcoa Warrick aluminum smelter

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    World Primary Aluminum Production in 2017: The Beginning of U.S. Tariffs on Imported Aluminum

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. Production by Country As prices generally increased throughout 2017, world primary aluminum production increased 3.4% compared with the previous year (Table I). China is the world’s largest producer of electrolytic aluminum, making up over half of the global output. The terminal consumption of electrolytic aluminum in China is mainly concentrated in […]

  • JW Aluminum expansion

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    JW Aluminum Expanding Its Flat Rolled Aluminum Plant in South Carolina

    JW Aluminum began the expansion of its Mount Holly flat rolled aluminum plant in Goose Creek, South Carolina, which will enable the company to increase capacity by 175 million lbs of flat rolled aluminum. This project will greatly enhance JW Aluminum’s capabilities to serve its primary end markets, including building and construction, HVAC fin stock, […]

  • Sierra Aluminum

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    ARTICLE: Sierra Aluminum Implements Casting Pit Upgrades for Improved Billet Quality

    Based in Riverside, CA, Sierra Aluminum is a 100% employee-owned extrusion company that manufactures standard and custom extrusions on seven UBE presses—two 7 inch presses, four 8 inch presses, and one 9 inch press. Downstream of the presses, Sierra has two paint lines, a modern anodizing line, and fabrication capability to supply a wide customer […]

  • Roll-A-Cover

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    Winners of the 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Highlight the Advantages of Extrusions

    The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the ET Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition at the Extrusion Design University (EDU ’18) event held May 15-17 in Chicago, Illinois. A total of seven extrusion designs that showcased the versatility and advantages of products using aluminum extrusions were recognized with a total […]

  • Rolls-Royce

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    Rolls-Royce Introduces Aluminum-Bodied Luxury SUV

    Rolls-Royce launched its Cullinan model, an aluminum-bodied SUV designed to provide the classic “magic carpet” ride expected from Rolls-Royce vehicles. According to the company, it is the most technologically advanced, purpose-built, luxury SUV in the world. The Cullinan is the second model to use the company’s proprietary all-aluminum structure (the first being the new Phantom), […]

  • Braidy Industries

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    Braidy Industries Breaks Ground on Its $1.6 Billion Aluminum Rolling Mill

    Braidy Industries broke ground on its $1.3 billion greenfield aluminum rolling complex in Ashland, Kentucky, which was first announced in early 2017. At the ceremony, Craig T. Bouchard, CEO of Braidy Industries, was joined by Gov. Matt Bevin and other officials in celebrating the official launch of the project. Bouchard stated that the design of the […]

  • apt Group extrusion press

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    apt Group Inaugurates Modern Aluminum Extrusion Press Line

    apt Extrusions GmbH & Co. KG, part of the apt Group, completed the installation of a new 27 MN, front-loading extrusion press line at its extrusion plant in Monheim am Rhein, Germany. This new press, which replaces a former 20 MN press, is designed to meet market requirements for larger profiles. One of the leading […]

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    ARTICLE: Extrusion Productivity, Part I – Billet Geometry

    By Ken Chien and Paul Robbins, Castool; Chris Jowett, Rio Tinto Aluminium; and Yu Wang, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Dept., University of Waterloo Introduction When extruders decide to install a new press they naturally consider the product mix and profile size and weight (lb/ft). Depending on the run-out table, this determines the ideal billet weight. […]