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  • All of the major equipment at INTEX is adorned with custom artwork by French artist Manucollage as a reflection of the company’s strength, independence, and resilience. This includes the new vertical powder coating line (pictured), nicknamed the Black Widow.

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    INTEX Reinvents Itself with Major Expansion Projects

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Headquartered in Garden City, MI, International Extrusions (INTEX) is an independent, family-owned company in the process of reinventing itself through capital investments designed to grow its capabilities and capacities. This includes the installation and start up of a new extrusion operation with two new presses, as well as a new […]

  • Figure 4. The technology is being tested within a hospital setting to prove its anti-microbial capabilities.

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    A3 Surfaces Receives Financing to Commercialize Its Antimicrobial Anodizing Technology

    A3 Surfaces, located in Saguenay, Québec, Canada, will receive $4 million in financing from the Québec government and Desjardin Capital to support support the commercialization of antimicrobial anodized aluminum. This proprietary anodizing technology that aims to become a key factor in the fight against viral or bacterial disease transmission through a self-disinfecting biocidal surface treatment. […]

  • C-expert powder coating booth

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    Patrick Metals Upgrades to Next Generation Vertical Powder Coating Line

    Patrick Metals is investing in the revamp of its existing powder coating line in Mishawaka, Indiana. Installed by Italian engineering company SAT in 2006, the existing line will be upgraded to a C-Expert vertical powder coating booth. Active in the field of aluminum extrusion for more than 80 years, Patrick Metals supplies precision aluminum extrusions […]

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    The AAC Releases Its 2022 Buyers’ Guide

    The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) released the 2022 edition of the AAC Buyers’ Guide, which features a complete list of all AAC member companies, from anodizers to suppliers. Along with alphabetical listings of member companies, this valuable resource provides an extensive capabilities chart that identifies the processes provided by each anodizer listed—helping readers find the […]

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    AMAG Orders New Aluminum Coil Surface Treatment Line

    AMAG Rolling GmbH ordered the supply of a new strip surface treatment line for its facility in Ranshofen, Austria. The company has been investing heavily in its operations over the past few years in order to increase production, ensure the quality of its products, and improve the sustainability of its facility. Recent projects have included […]

  • Figure 2. Top image shows a very fine grained microstructure and the image in the bottom a very coarse grained one—both found on the same aluminum part made of EN AW 6061 aluminum alloy.

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    Introduction to Anodizing Aluminum

    By Dr. Anne Deacon Juhl, AluConsult and AnodizingSchool. Editor’s Note: Aluminum manufacturers are not always consistently satisfied with the surface quality of the anodized extrusion and sheet products returned from their anodizers. The anodized products may have patchy surfaces, color variations, or corrosion pits, causing rejects, higher cost, and frustration. Therefore, it is crucial that […]

  • A3 Surfaces anti-microbial aluminum anodizing surface finishing

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    A3 Surfaces Continues Its Development of Antimicrobial Anodized Aluminum

    A3 Surfaces is currently constructing a new plant in Saguenay, Québec, Canada. The plant will enable the company to research and manufacture antimicrobial anodized aluminum, a proprietary technology that is unique in the world. This technology aims to become a key factor in the fight against viral or bacterial disease transmission through a self-disinfecting biocidal surface […]

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    Podcast Series Presents ‘All Things Anodizing’

    The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) is introducing a new podcast series called Ano-Talk: All Things Anodizing, which aims to educate and inform both anodizing industry professionals and end users. The series will delve into topics covering a wide range of information about anodizing. The audio format will give the AAC another convenient way to reach its various […]