General information on aluminium
There is an abundance of aluminium on the earth’s surface where it is commonly found bound to other elements. In contrast to other metals, aluminium is difficult to extract from its ore as it cannot be separated using the carbon reduction technique. Instead aluminium compounds are separated with the aid of electrolysis, a process during which the metal is oxidised followed by a reduction to be left with a pure aluminium mass.
Aluminium itself has multiple advantageous qualities which customers can benefit from; it is lightweight, odourless and has a silvery shine to it. Aluminium is easily manipulated and thus versatile in application. Next to steel it is often chosen for its stability and long lifecycle.
Once considered a precious metal used by Napoleon to serve only his finest guests, nowadays aluminium is used more frequently.
What is special about Kloeckner’s aluminium products?
In the Kloeckner Online Shop you can find an array of quality aluminium products. For your convenience Kloeckner offers a variety of additional services to supply aluminium to your requirements. These include:
- Fixed lengths
- Personalised drawings
- Powder coating
- Special processing
- Laser cutting
Benefits of aluminium
The fact that aluminium is easily manipulated makes it an ideal material for extrusion processes, which enable the manufacturing of complex profiles.
Aluminium can be stretched and cut with ease thereby shortening processing times.
Simply connected to other materials
While all conventional methods of connecting metals can be applied, aluminium can furthermore be fusion welded, glued or clamped.
Aluminium lends itself to numerous surface treatments which can have decorative effects, improve strength or wear resistance.
One of the defining features of aluminium is its silver shine which results from the materials inability to absorb light. With the aid of specific surface treatments this ability to reflect light and warmth can be altered.
All aluminium related materials are free from ferromagnetism.
Aluminium does not catch fire when exposed to extreme temperatures. Hence processing it does commonly not produce sparks. Even aluminium clippings do not catch fire.
Which industries utilise aluminium?
The following industries utilise aluminium in their manufacture:
- Tool manufacturing
- Machinery and equipment
- Jig and mould manufacturing
- Car and ship building
- Aircraft and aerospace engineering
- Silo construction
- Civil engineering
- Packaging industries