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19 09, 2017

Taber Extrusions: A Look Back, a Look Beyond

2017-09-19T16:10:44+00:00 September 19th, 2017|

Since 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC has pioneered the extrusion of large, heavy and wide complex shapes to differentiate itself from the typical aluminum extrusion company. Since its inception, the Taber Extrusions brand has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality. All of our extrusions have, and will continue to be engineered, manufactured and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a Gulfport, Mississippi facility that includes a regional sales office, aluminum cast house and extrusion operations.

Today, Taber Extrusions continues to expand upon its operations and capabilities to retain the cutting-edge service that the company is known for.

Our recent aluminum cast house renovations now allow us to create aluminum billets in 8”, 9”, 11”, 16”, 20”, and slab sizes. We have unmatched access to the full range of aluminum alloys, without having to go through a middle man. Because Taber controls our billet casting, we have greater flexibility in our casting chemistry.
Learn more about our aluminum cast house renovations here: http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-cast-house/

We also continue our production of a wide range of aluminum extrusion sizes and shapes. Our aluminum extrusion capabilities can now utilize both hard and soft aluminum alloys, of the kind found in aerospace, marine and military applications. The company’s profile capabilities range from industry standard extrusions to intricate custom designs that meet specific needs. Our standard shape catalog includes rods, hollows, channels, beams, angles, tees, zees, and bars in a wide range of sizes.

Learn more about our updated extrusion capabilities here: http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-fabrication/

A modern aluminum extrusion company

After all this time, why do our customers continue to return to an aluminum extrusion company like Taber? It’s because we’re dedicated to innovation. We’re dedicated to finding intricate solutions for even the most complex extrusion request. While other extruders continue to focus on standard products and techniques, Taber’s work ethic and attention to the needs of the market allow Taber to create customized, versatile, high quality and market oriented products, that can satisfy a wide range of applications.

Want to get in touch with Taber? Our contact information can be found in the link below.

http://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/

17 07, 2017

Why You Should Be Recycling Aluminum

2017-07-26T17:45:01+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

recycling aluminum banner

Recycling aluminum. What’s the big deal? Although new people are opting to recycle their aluminum products every day, still more choose to simply throw these products in with the rest of their trash. Doing this a great disservice to yourself and the environment; not only do many states in the U.S pay you a return for recycling your aluminum cans, but the simple act of recycling aluminum products reduces your consumption footprint by over 95%  – in other words, the energy it takes to reuse an aluminum can is 5% that of smelting and producing a new one. More on that later- first, let’s discuss what effects the impact of NOT recycling aluminum can have on the environment, and the economy.

ENVIRONMENTAL DETRIMENTS of not recycling aluminum

Every year in the United States, around 100 billion aluminum cans are manufactured and sold, but less than half of those cans make it to the recycling bin. This number is consistent among developed countries (with few exceptions; Brazil for example recycles around 98% of its aluminum cans.) Cans that are not recycled are either incinerated, which creates harmful emissions, or find themselves in landfills, where it will take them 200-500 years to decompose. This is no small amount of aluminum- even conservative estimates dictate that we waste 1.5 million tons of aluminum every year. That’s 1.5 million tons of aluminum cans that must be made anew from virgin materials, rather than from recycled aluminum materials.

And what does creating new aluminum entail? According to the Container Recycling Institute, while aluminum cans only make up 1.4 percent of any given ton of garbage, they account for 14 percent of the harmful emissions when it comes to replacing these wasted materials with new ones.

That includes all of the other aspects of creating aluminum, including strip mining for bauxite ore and smelting it down into a usable form.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS of recycling aluminum

Simply put, the benefits of recycling aluminum (and any recyclable material) are that it greatly conserves energy, conserves our natural resources and puts them back to use, and reduces water and air pollution. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, meaning it can be recycled over and over with no limit. Since 1884, billons of metric tons of aluminum have been produced, and roughly 74% of that is still in use due to its recyclability.

Aluminum is unparalleled when it comes to retrieving usable material and creating new products from it. In fact, all aspects of an aluminum made product can be reused; and the simple act of tossing your aluminum can in the recycling bin conserves 95% of the energy it takes to create a new one. Aluminum is the most used material in creation of new products, so even a small percentage increase of people recycling will pay off in dividends when it comes to our future. For every 1-ton of aluminum recycled, the planet is spared 9 tons of CO2 emissions.

A little truly goes a long way, and the energy saved from this recycled material can be better used to power our lives in an efficient way.

 

NOT JUST CANS: WHAT ELSE YOU CAN RECYCLE

 

Happy recycling!

27 06, 2017

Aluminum in Cars: The Automotive Industry Eyes Aluminum

2017-06-27T21:12:25+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

In the constant quest to reduce carbon emissions, increased fuel economy and lower manufacturing costs, automotive companies such as Toyota and Ford have begun the move towards utilizing a variety of lightweight-but-strong aluminum in cars to further their efforts. According to a report conducted by MarketsandResearch, the market for aluminum in car body application accounted for $47.91 billion- the third largest share in the automotive aluminum market. This growth is no doubt linked to the increased inclination of manufacturers to use rolled aluminum in their car bodies.

The continued demand for aluminum in cars to cut weight and improve fuel economy is launching the market, which is expected to reach $111.8 billion in 2016.

Some auto companies claim that aluminum is stronger than steel with more opportunity to resist body damage and still be weight friendly. So, why then is the word “aluminum” such a threat to some in the industry?

It’s really not. Demand is up 40% for lightweight, recyclable aluminum since 2009 and has supported industry job growth, but aluminum is a highly traded commodity where price is heavily influenced.

Advanced High Strength Steel, a signature of National Material Company, is still the choice for framing vehicles, but as public ideology changes about fuel-economy, and policy affects expansion and taxes, the race to develop and implement higher-grade metals into mainstream auto manufacturing as long as cars stay reliably the same cost to design and manufacture, and autos stay safe for consumers.

 

As more manufacturers turn to aluminum in cars, it could be motivation for U.S.-based companies to invest in better steel and aluminum technology, a win-win for consumers and job growth. Toyota is pushing the forefront in this arena, indicating that the future is aluminum.

Where does Taber Extrusions lie in all this? The company has been a leading supplier of high quality aluminum extrusions for around four decades, and is an industry leader that provides materials to industries including automotive, military, aerospace, and general distribution markets.  Taber offers some of the widest, heaviest, and complex shapes and aluminum extrusions that are shaping the future of aluminum and high strength steel.

As consumers, it will be interesting to watch what happens between technology, automotive manufacturing, and the price of our cars!

30 05, 2017

Taber Aluminum Extrusions: Behind The Brand

2017-05-30T16:35:18+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

What is Taber Extrusions? We’re an manufacturing company that specializes in aluminum extrusions. Our four decades of experience make Taber the perfect full service partner, and our wide range of full service machining and available aluminum alloys means we’re fit for any job.
What do we do? Simple. Aluminum extrusions and aluminum machining is the name of our game, and we do it well. We proudly serve the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Electrical
  • Transportation
  • Marine
  • Sporting Goods
  • Government

With our large rectangular extruding container (the largest in North America), we’re capable of welding, bending, punching, painting and anondizing aluminum extrusions effortlessly.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s work together on your mission using our expertise. Call us at (800) 563-6853 or email us at info@taberextrusions.com.

11 04, 2017

Aluminum Alloys Keep Aircraft in the Sky

2017-07-26T17:49:21+00:00 April 11th, 2017|

aluminum alloys

In the modern era, aluminum alloys are the integral element that keeps the aerospace industry on the cutting edge. Metallurgists are constantly seeking and developing new aluminum alloys to increase the speed, strength, and safety of aircraft. Strong alloys are used to protect aircraft from the stresses of flight; light alloys are used for heat and cold resistance and insulation.

Aluminum is naturally strong, lightweight and very workable. These powerful natural properties are enhanced by combining it with elements such as zinc, copper, and silicon to create a variety of aluminum alloys; some strong, some more malleable for complex aluminum shapes. Modern aircraft parts are made primarily from these alloys, and not just the frame- everything from the engine to the nuts and bolts are made from aluminum due to its attractive cost to weight ratio. Below, you will find some of the most common aluminum alloys found in aircraft, and what they’re used for.

 

Alloy 2024

One of the most common of the aluminum alloys, 2024 is primarily alloyed with copper, which gives it incredible strength and high fatigue resistance. This makes it the ideal alloy when a high strength to weight ratio is needed, making it perfect for wings and fuselages which are the parts of the aircraft that undergo the most tension.

Alloy 6061

Containing magnesium and silicon, aluminum alloy 6061 is very corrosive resistant and is known for its great weldability. The premiere alloy in aluminum extrusion, 6061 is also used to create fuselages and wings- but is very rarely found in airliners. Mostly, it’s used in small, personal airplanes.

Alloy 6063

Aluminum alloy 6063 is very similar to alloy 6061. Because of this, it’s the most popular alloy for aluminum extrusion.

Alloy 7075

Because of its light weight and incredible strength that is comparable to most steels, alloy 7075 is used for the main frame of aircraft structures. No other aluminum alloys can match 7075 in fatigue resistance, and its reliability is constantly being worked upon to create faster, safer and cheaper airplanes, and its great anodization quality gives it a great finish. Due to this alloy’s high copper content, it is hard to weld.

 

Sources:

http://www.experimentalaircraft.info/articles/aircraft-aluminum.php

http://metalspecialist.continentalsteel.com/blog/aluminum-in-the-aerospace-industry

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/mepages/aluminfo.php

 

For more about Taber and what we can do for your business, get in touch by e-mailing us at  info@taberextrusions.com

27 01, 2017

2016 Was A Great Year for Aluminum Markets

2017-07-26T17:50:06+00:00 January 27th, 2017|

2016 was certainly an interesting year; between Brexit and the enormously capricious U.S Presidential election, a lot of folks in many industries of the world found it hard to shake uncertainty in their trust in market stability.

Despite the overall negativity that seems to be extra pervasive as of late, the aluminum market has reason to remain optimistic- as 2016 showed consistent positive growth in all areas of the aluminum sector with aluminum prices rising by 15% over the course of the year, with 2017 showing no sign of slowing progress.

Since Donald Trump’s win in the American presidential election, a variety of commodities have experienced a surge in price and overall positive market sentiment, aluminum included, with prices nearly breaching the $1,800 price level.

There are a few key factors here that have effected aluminum prices. First, following Chinese curtailments in the 3rd quarter of the year, alumina appears to be inching towards a supply deficit. In addition, higher coal prices have also propped up aluminum’s market price. The cost curve for global aluminum shifted upward steadily after the 1st quarter, when China’s aluminum production slowed.

And the overall positive trends are showing no signs of stopping going into 2017.

Back in December 2016 the U.S Federal Reserve hiked the interest rate by 0.25%- a move which would seem to indicate that they believe in the overall world economy strengthening, with anticipation for more rate hikes in 2017. US aluminum demand could potentially be impacted by this hike. As the U.S dollar becomes a stronger currency, commodities tend to drop in price; but a stronger dollar also makes American aluminum costlier in foreign countries.

Furthermore, President Donald Trump’s proposed infrastructure investments could mean a lot of business for industries like steel and aluminum- as investments in bridges, highways, and power grids could boost the demand for extruded aluminum. Of course, it’s hard to tell whether or not all or any of these projects will pass through.

Taber Extrusions is looking forward to another year and another opportunity to prove that we have the broadest capabilities in the aluminum extrusion industry and aluminum fabrications services that are second to none. Are you ready to make 2017 another great success?

For more information or to request a quote, please call us today ay (800) 563-6853 or e-mail us at info@taberextrusions.com

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