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  • Figure 5. An EV sill comprised of an 10 ft long extruded profile, produced by HAI to very tight tolerances using automatic straightening.

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    Straightening Complex Aluminum Profiles

    By Philipp Hettich, Laubinger + Rickmann GmbH & Co. KG, and Martin Hartlieb, Viami International Inc. Extrusions are increasingly used for complex parts in the transportation industry. They allow for very complex cross-sectional shapes and, therefore, integration of different parts and functions (like cooling channels) into a single extruded profile. The rapidly increasing electrification of […]

  • SAF double bending machine for aluminum fabrication

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    SAF Installs New Double Bending Machine for Aluminum Fabrication

    SAF, a global metals distributor, fabricator, and finisher, expanded its aluminum fabrication capabilities in Villa Rica, GA, with the installation of a new double bending machine. The machine enhances the company’s ability to fabricate complex decorative profiles, as well as provide faster service to customers. “Adding new machinery helps us stay on the cutting edge […]

  • Alcomet-new fabrication shop 1

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    Alcomet Starts Up a New Shop for Fabrication of Aluminum Profiles

    Alcomet AD opened a new workshop for the fabrication and mechanical processing of aluminum profiles in Shumen, Bulgaria. The new capabilities will enable the company to better serve the automotive market, particularly electric vehicles. “The project is the result of joint efforts of all sections in the company,” said Valeria Koleva, sales director of Extruded […]

  • M-D Building Products buys aluminum extruder Cardinal Aluminum

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    M-D Building Products Acquires Cardinal Aluminum Co.

    M-D Building Products, Inc., a family-owned company based in Oklahoma City, has acquired the assets of Cardinal Aluminum Co. and its subsidiaries, Cardinal Architectural and Designer Moulding. M-D holds a leading position in the U.S. aluminum extrusion market, as well serving the residential and commercial weatherization, caulking, flooring, and installation markets. This acquisition will enable […]

  • Bonnell Aluminum-Aluminum extruded TSLOTS profiles

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    Bonnell Expanding Its TSLOTS Aluminum Framing System Operations

    Bonnell Aluminum, a subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation, is expanding the operations of its TSLOTS line of aluminum structural framing systems into the Midwest region of the U.S. — with a new location and increased storage capacity. “Over the years as TSLOTS has grown, our customers in the Midwest and East have been asking for a […]

  • Vitex Extrusion - new building

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    Vitex Extrusion to Expand Machining and Fabrication Capacity

    Vitex Extrusion is expanding its aluminum extrusion manufacturing business, which will be housed in a 50,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the company’s existing 115,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Franklin, NH. The new business will be dedicated to machining, fabrication, and assembly of aluminum extrusions. The company has been expanding its fabrication capabilities since 2019, begining with the addition of […]

  • Figure 1. Prof. Xiaochun Li, founder and chief scientist of MetaLi, holding a prototype bike frame welded together with the company’s proprietary AA7075 welding wire.

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    ARTICLE: Nanotechnology-Enabled Welding and Manufacturing of High Performance Aluminum Alloys

    Lightweighting has been and continues to be a major concern for the aerospace, automotive, and transportation industries. Whether it’s an airplane, automobile, boat, or train, the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum, provide significant fuel savings and performance benefits. Like its competitors in the lightweighting arena (steel, composites, etc.), aluminum is working to continually […]