The demand for aluminum products is increasing year by year for a myriad of reasons:
- Aluminum is a young material, and in a little more than a century since its first commercial production, it has become nearly the world’s most used metal, second only to steel.
- Aluminum is the metal of choice for leading designers, architects and engineers, who want a material that combines functionality and cost-effectiveness with innovative form and design potential.
- Aluminum is an extraordinarily versatile material. The range of forms it can take (from castings, extrusions, tubes, sheets, and plates, to foils, powders, and forgings) and the variety of surface finishes available (including coatings, anodizing, and polishing) means aluminum can be used in many products, most of which we use everyday.
- Aluminum is light (33% the weight of steel) and this, together with its numerous material qualities, makes it ideal for products that require a balance of lightness and strength.
- Aluminum is a good conductor of electricity, with most overhead and many underground transmission lines made of aluminum.
- Aluminum transmits conducted heat and reflects radiant heat, making it an excellent medium from which to produce cooking utensils and foils, radiators, and building insulation.
- Aluminum is strong, and combined with its low density, makes it ideal for transport and packaging applications.
- Aluminum is a unique metal – strong, durable, flexible, impermeable, lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and 100% recyclable.