The secret is in the mix
Aluminium is not just aluminium. There are hundreds of different alloys and your product needs one. We will help you find it.
Pure aluminium is relatively soft. To overcome this, other elements are added to pure aluminium – a process called alloying. Most of the aluminium reaching the marketplace has been alloyed with at least one other element.
Material science and strength
Most metals struggle to come back to their original shape after having been bent or dented. But aluminium can absorb much more energy elastically, per unit weight, than steel of the same strength. It tends to spring back to its original shape.
Aluminium gets different properties depending on which elements are mixed in the alloying process. This makes the choice of alloy an important matter. You need to consider the product's requirements, including:
- Production economics
- Surface finish
- Suitability for decorative finish
- Corrosion resistance
Sometimes it may be wise to choose an alloy with slightly lower strength and better formability to optimize costs.