Featured Article

Subscribe Now

  • Two 4,000-ton screw presses are the heart of the Bharat Forge Aluminum USA’s new production line in North Carolina. (Source: Bharat Forge Aluminum USA.)

    Posted in:

    Automotive Lightweighting for Forgers

    By Dean M. Peters, Contributing Writer. For decades automotive companies have been seeking ways to reduce the weight of various classes of vehicles in order to improve vehicle efficiency and fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions. Recently, the forging industry has taken a closer look at its technologies and processes to see how it can […]

  • Presezzi extrusion press

    Posted in:

    New England Extruder Expands

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Under the leadership of Momentum Manufacturing Group (MMG), Vitex Extrusion completed phase one of a $23 million capacity expansion project at its extrusion operation in Franklin, NH. This included the relocation of its fabrication department and the installation of a $13.5 million, 8 inch press line, which doubles the company’s […]

  • Ford F-150 opener

    Posted in:

    Aluminum Still Makes Ford Trucks Tough

    By Rose Eaton, Light Metal Age. Ford’s use of aluminum began slowly over time, beginning with closure applications in hoods, fenders, and decklids, until it became an integral part of the Ford F-150 truck in 2014. Now, throughout each new iteration of the large truck, including the new 2022 F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV), high-strength […]

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

    Posted in:

    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 […]

  • anodized aluminum

    Posted in:

    Why Anodizing is the Most Sustainable Surface Treatment for Aluminum

    By Dr. Anne Deacon Juhl, AluConsult and AnodizingSchool. The aluminum extrusion and sheet industries are playing an important role in reducing the negative impacts of industrial activities on the environment. This is for a variety of reasons, but is mainly due to the fact that, since aluminum’s fundamental properties do not change with repetitive melting, […]

  • 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.

    Posted in:

    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 […]

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup

    Posted in:

    The Value Proposition for Lightweighting in Electric Vehicles

    By Andrew Halonen, Mayflower Consulting LLC. Electric vehicles (EVs) and electrification of transportation in general are topics that dominate news outlets, magazines, and social media. OEMs, materials manufacturers, and those looking to capitalize on this new electrified economy are constantly sharing a barrage of information and data on new business models, the projected performance of […]

  • The exterior of the MoMA demonstrates the beauty of extrusions.

    Posted in:

    Lightweight Matters: Elevating Aluminum in Thailand

    A new Museum of Modern Aluminum (MoMA) has risen on the busy streets of Nonthaburi, Thailand. The project displays a stunning use of aluminum extrusions and pays homage to the history of aluminum in the country. There are about 40 extruders in Thailand today with seven main extrusion companies, which account for 80% of the […]

  • FALCO is working to start up its first extrusion line for the production of hard alloys.

    Posted in:

    New Arizona Extruder to Produce Hard Alloy Profiles for the Aerospace Industry

    Located at the Lone Butte Industrial Park within the Gila River Indian Community near Phoenix, AZ, FALCO is a new women-owned and family-run extrusion company currently in the process of starting up its extrusion operations. The company aims to produce hard alloy products for the aerospace and other industries, with a high level of customer […]