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Green Solution: Extrusions

Whether your business uses aluminum as an integral material to produce a final product or not, the time invested in understanding what's available is important to all of us. Extruded aluminum is used to manufacture innovative products and equipment that harness alternative energy sources. Aluminum is a green material due to its inherent attributes and is an environmentally responsible solution.

The key aluminum qualities that designers and engineers want in a sustainable product include:

  • Continuous viability
  • Durability throughout a long life cycle
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Structural strength - elastic modulus/stiffness
  • 100% recyclable. Aluminum components can be repeatedly recycled back into similar products with minimal variation of structural integrity.

Here are a few examples of how aluminum products play a significant role in the global construction market:

Aluminum windows, doors, decking and solar panel assemblies are unchanged by the effects of time, temperature, humidity and other climate effects, giving them a substantially long life cycle compared to traditional building materials. Resilient, non- combustible anodized finishes chemically bond with extruded aluminum, with no flaky mess or yielded cover similar to the end result of traditional interior/exterior paints.

Aluminum extrusions contain a high percentage of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content with an added advantage of being 100% recyclable. The result is retention of scrap value for aluminum while eliminating the environmental impact and expense of dumping it in a landfill. Studies have also proven that less carbon dioxide is emitted from green commercial and residential structures that use aluminum. These are added values that we can all appreciate.

To find out if it is possible to manufacture your products using aluminum extrusions, please contact your sales specialist.