Aluminium is a very lightweight and corrosion-resistant metal with a silver hue. The ground holds plenty of aluminium and it is the third most common element in the Earth's crust. Aluminium and its special characteristics can be utilised in a multitude of different ways. Aluminium is used heavily in the construction industry, for example, where it can be used to create impressive and modern structures. The automotive, packaging and electronics industries also use a lot of aluminium.
When aluminium comes into contact with air, a protective oxide layer forms on its surface. This layer forms the basis for the metal's corrosion resistance. Aluminium's corrosion and wear resistance can also be improved artificially via anodization where a thicker oxide layer is created electrochemically onto the metal's surface. An anodised aluminium surface also looks impressive and it is one of the possible surface treatment options.
Aluminium can be processed into a final product in many different ways. Aluminium pieces can be cast, milled into sheets or extruded into aluminium profiles. Many suppliers can offer a wide selection of different standard profiles such as aluminium pipes, rods, flat bars, etc. However, often the best option is to design the profile shape based on the customer's unique needs. This ensures that the profile suits the intended purpose as well as possible. The aluminium profiles can then be surface treated in various ways. Powder coating is one of the most common surface treatment options and it allows the customer to customise the colour of the profiles.
To make the profiles suitable for their final purpose they are often cut into the appropriate length. They can also be modified by creating holes, twists, etc. as required. Aluminium can also be welded or the profiles can be bent to have a curve. Aluminium can be utilised and processed in countless different ways. Naturally, achieving the best possible end result also requires rock-solid expertise and modern machines and equipment suited for the purpose.