Author - Shea Bethell

Which Aluminium Alloys Can Be Anodised?

Anodised Aluminium Products While it is widely known that aluminium has a great general appearance and good corrosion resistance, there are many instances where further increasing these properties is required. This is where the anodising process comes into play. Aluminium anodising is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of...
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The Aluminium Numbering System

Wrought Aluminium Alloys - The Aluminium Numbering System What is the Aluminium Numbering System? Aluminium is usually alloyed with several other elements in order to improve various properties such machinability or chemical resistance. As a result, there is a large amount of combinations of various alloying elements that can be combined...
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Venezuela Blackout Dooms Aluminium Industry: Will SA Suffer The Same Fate?

After Venezuela’s energy supply failed on March 8th, the directors of the CVG together with the presidents of each company decided to shut down Venalum and Alcasa. Are some South African industries heading in the same direction? Venezuela Aluminium After Venezuela’s energy supply failed on March 8th, the directors of the...
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Product Focus: Boat Trim Extrusion

O Boat Trim Fender Extrusion With Insert An Aluminium Boat Trim is an aluminium extrusion designed to act primarily as a boating fender. It is used on the sides of boats and other mobile vehicles and equipment as a bumper apparatus to absorb the initial energy or shock experienced in...
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A Guide to Painting Aluminium

Aluminium has no shortage of useful and desirable properties, most of which contribute to its almost universal status as one of the most versatile metals on earth. This ever-increasing renown is resulting in more materials and products being replaced by aluminium alternatives every day. It is for this reason...
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Product Focus: Rope Rail Extrusion

Aluminium Rope Rail Extrusion with core and fabric inserted in the channel An Aluminium Rope Rail is an aluminium extrusion designed to secure fabric to a hard surface. In South Africa is used predominantly for securing a bakkie tonneau cover at the base of the cover by sliding a piping core...
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The Amazing Truth About Aluminium Recycling

Its a fact, aluminium has become one of the most sustainable building materials on earth. Aluminium cans are thrown away by the millions every day without a second thought about where they finally end up. Aluminium windows and doors are often discarded as scrap – have you ever wondered...
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5 Practical Uses Of Aluminium Foil That You Probably Never Knew

From wrapping food to braaing fish and mielies, aluminium foil has an abundance of practical uses, and due to its low cost and high versatility, is one of the most common items found in the kitchen today. Although you probably use this 'metallic paper' in numerous applications around the...
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The Best Type of Aluminium For Use in Electrical Applications

If you are an electrician or work with electricity on a regular basis, then chances are you quite used to dealing with aluminium. As a material that features numerous positive properties related to electrical use, the metal has become an important contributor to a variety of industries related both...
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