Products and applications of aluminium

The uses of aluminium are varied and diverse. Today it is used in commerce, transportation and other industries. Some of its applications are well known, while others are not so obvious. Apart from consumer products, the metallic element is also used in glass creation.


USE IN HOUSEHOLDS AND PACKAGING

Aluminium is used by millions of people across the world on a daily basis at home from cooking to packaging, recreation through to in the actual construction of homes. Aluminium is used in:

 

• Window frames • Saucepans • Microwaves • Pots and pans
• Doors • Refrigerators • Air conditioners • Golf clubs
• Kitchen utensils • Shower frames • Stoves • Solar panels

One of the most popular uses of aluminium is packaging. Trays, foils, bottle caps and cans are usually made of this metallic element. It is also used for thermos, utensil lids and storage boxes. It is also applied as a foil container, bottle tops and foil wrappings. Aluminium is preferred because it keeps food safe from harmful elements in the environment. Because of this, aluminium is widely used in the industry. This metallic element is corrosion-resistant. Compared to iron, aluminium oxide is not destructive. It is protective. The metal is impermeable. It doesn’t affect the taste or smell of food packaging. Most importantly, the metal has no toxic elements. South Africa has recently changed to the all-aluminium beverage can. Aluminium cans are the most sustainable beverage package and are infinitely recyclable. They chill quickly, provide a superior metal canvas to print on and, perhaps most importantly, protect the fl avour and integrity of our favourite beverages. When you recycle a can, it can be back on the shelf in as little as 60 days in a continuous recycling loop.


AUTOMOTIVE AND TRANSPORT

The use of aluminium in automotive and commercial vehicles is accelerating as it offers the fastest, safest, most environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to increase performance, boost fuel economy and reduce emissions while maintaining or improving safety and durability. Independent studies have confirmed that aluminium in automobiles have a 20 percent smaller life cycle CO2 footprint than steel.

Many different parts of different forms of transportation are made of aluminium such as:

• Car body panels • Interior fitments
• Engines • Tanker and truck body panels
• Chassis • Aeroplane body panels
• Heat exchangers • Train wagons

BUILDING AND ENGINEERING

Aluminium is recognised as one of the most energy efficient and sustainable
construction materials. Using aluminium in buildings can even help the structure
qualify for green building status under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design). The modern day skyscraper would not be possible without the use of
aluminium. With aluminium’s durability, high strength-to-weight ratio, design
fl exibility and contributions to energy savings, it is the material of choice for architects
and designers. There are many parts of a building that is made from aluminium
such as:

• Door frames • Siding • Curtain walls • Window frames • Roofs • Entire facades

Our extruded aluminium sections are used in the manufacture of various industrial applications such as ladders, doors, windows, showers and scaffolding. Our coated and uncoated building products are used in a wide range of structures in the building and construction industry such as roofs, facades, panels, components, awnings, cladding gutters and downpipes, ceilings and many more.