A new study has just confirmed that “aluminum is the most sustainable choice for the environment.” The study, conducted by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling and funded by the Aluminum Association, concluded a recycling rate of over 90 percent (91 percent to be exact) for automotive aluminum.

“As the United States and the rest of the world continue to strive for a more environmentally friendly future, aluminum is a big part of the solution and this new data confirms it,” states the report.


Icon_-_LLC_-_SustainabilityThis is welcome news for automakers throughout North America who face increasingly stringent energy efficiency demands. As the DOE advocates for these eco-friendly standards, automotive manufacturers are facing more pressure to comply with these standards while maintaining their revenue.

Aluminum seems to be the answer to these automakers’ new challenges. Aluminum extrusions are lighter than traditional steel, thus improving fuel efficiency. At the same time, the aforementioned recycling rate of aluminum cuts down on waste while also lessening sourcing costs – improving the sustainability of processes and products while saving money and meeting energy standards.

Taber Extrusions is uniquely positioned to engage the evolving aluminum extrusions needs of the automotive industry. With unmatched extrusion capabilities – including the production of North America’s widest, most complex, and heaviest shapes – Taber combines extensive experience with manufacturing flexibility. In-house aluminum machining and fabrication further expands Taber’s scope of capabilities through CNC machining, ultrasonic testing, sawing, welding, and more.