Aluminum is a popular metal for various manufacturing processes. Lightweight and durable, aluminum is used in multiple applications throughout many industries, and aluminum extrusion has grown popular among manufacturers. With HARBOR Aluminum Intelligence, your operation can make more informed supply chain decisions for your extrusion process.
Aluminum Extrusion Industry
Aluminum extrusion is valuable to various industries for its flexible design, low cost and fast development. It's difficult to go one day without seeing at least one item constructed from extruded aluminum. This process is used for:
- Electrical systems
- Industrial applications
These industries appreciate aluminum because it's lightweight without sacrificing durability. With its recyclability, aluminum is also valuable for meeting increasing environmental regulations in many applications.
With a presence in both consumer and industrial goods, the aluminum extrusion industry is actively growing. As extruded products become more common across sectors, manufacturers need to consider the prices of aluminum and how these compare to the cost of the process.
The Extrusion Process
Known for its low cost and quick development, aluminum extrusion is a simple process. The primary requirements are an aluminum cylinder, or billet, and a custom die for the project.
The process starts with heating the billet, which gives the material the flexibility it needs to pass through the die. A ram or hammer applies pressure to the billet to push it through the die, and the material then molds to the die's shape. Once the metal is extruded, it is cooled and treated for hardening and straightening. Finally, the extruded pieces are cut to the appropriate sizes and aged for durability. They are then ready to be shipped to their destination.
Consulting for Extrusion
With the influx in demand for extruded aluminum, manufacturers need to work around the clock managing supply chains and keeping up with process times and costs. The size of the aluminum market makes it challenging to stay on top of changes while working with your company's individual demand.
At HARBOR, we are market experts in the aluminum industry, and we can help you navigate the difficulties of supply chain management. We guide you through purchasing decisions and find suppliers that reflect your operation's needs with forecasting abilities and submarket intelligence. While extrusion can be a low-cost process, you can achieve an even greater return on your products by understanding the market. Our consulting services also guide you to the right clients, giving you a competitive advantage over other extruded aluminum manufacturers.
The aluminum industry is constantly growing and changing. You need professional guidance to make informed decisions, and our global market intelligence makes supply chain management simple.
Contact HARBOR for Aluminum Extrusion Consulting
With continuous market price listings and extensive coverage of regions worldwide, HARBOR Aluminum is your trusted source for aluminum extrusion consulting. We'll help you manage your supply chain, identify buyers and optimize your extrusion process. Contact us today for more information about our services.