Aluminum Extrusion Manufacturer Spotlight: Building Green with Aluminum

2023-05-23T22:23:31+00:00May 23rd, 2023|

On the left is a picture of a multi-story building covered with luscious green plants and on the right is a tall modern building with glass walls exposing the aluminum and steel frame structure inside. On the bottom right is Taber Extrusion’s gold and silver logo.

Here is an aluminum extrusion manufacturer spotlight on building green with aluminum. Aluminum plays a key role in our goal of shaping the world in an efficient and more sustainable way. It can be recycled infinitely without losing its properties, which is highly economically and ecologically beneficial.

According to the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), 75% of the 1.5 billion tons of aluminum ever produced is still in use today.  This reduces the energy needed in production and the industry’s carbon footprint. Recycling consumes up to 95% less energy than producing primary aluminum,. Consequently, this eliminates emissions including greenhouse gases.

Why Build with Aluminum?

In addition to the environmental advantages of using aluminum in building green, its intrinsic properties make this metal suitable for a wide range of applications across multiple industries. It is strong yet lightweight, malleable, and corrosion-resistant.

Aluminum’s rise to fame in architecture and engineering came about when the Empire State Building was constructed in the early 1930s. Before this, using the material was uncommon due to concerns about the cost. However, innovations made in manufacturing and production opened new possibilities for aluminum to be used in architecture and engineering. Considered to be one of the first icons of sustainability in building green, the Empire State Building elegantly established how aluminum can be used in major structures. Whatsmore, it showcased its unique properties and capabilities made possible by advances in production such as extrusion.

During its construction, 730 tons of aluminum and stainless steel were used. In fact, the infamous relief of the skyscraper which can be seen at the west end of the lobby, and the celestial ceiling mural located upon entering the Fifth Avenue entrance are made of aluminum leaf and 23-karat gold.

Other Industries that can Build Green Using Aluminum

Another sector that is geared towards building green is the automotive industry. In a 2020 study conducted by DuckerFrontier for The Aluminum Association, car manufacturers are now shifting to incorporate 514 pounds of aluminum into the average vehicle by 2026.

The demand for aluminum in the automotive industry is on a rising trajectory due to the lightweighting solutions it provides to automakers. Lightweighting is key in developing high-precision vehicles using multi-material components. It makes production more economical, and environmentally friendly in addition to enhancing the energy efficiency, handling, and overall performance of ICEs (internal combustion engines), and BEVs (battery electric vehicles) of today.

“The aluminum industry is keeping its foot on the pedal, developing solutions aimed squarely at addressing automakers’ most pressing needs to offset mass given added content and weight from new features, additional safety needs, and the move to electrification. Aluminum will record relentless year-over-year growth through 2030,” said Abey Abraham, managing director, of DuckerFrontier.

Infographic depicting the lifecycle of an aluminum billet in the extrusion process. Images represent aluminum alloy chemistry, billet casting, aluminum extrusion process, delivery, use phase, and recycling.

Aluminum Recycling Today

The energy saved to produce aluminum through recycling is up to 95%. This is why recycling is vital to the aluminum manufacturing industry. The recovery and reuse of scrap aluminum in the production process are proven to be the most economical and sustainable way for manufacturers to meet the rising demand across the globe.

Primary aluminum production is costly, making it among the most expensive metals to produce. However, because of its near-infinite recyclability, it is among the top material in terms of ecological solutions that the modern world is moving towards. Today, companies are allocating more to research and development to innovate the manufacturing and production process of aluminum.

Here are some key insights from a research report published by the  Spherical Insights & Consulting firm:

  • The aluminum scrap recycling market is growing at a CAGR of 8.16% from 2021 to 2030.
  • The global aluminum scrap recycling market is expected to reach USD 25.12 billion by 2030.
  • North America is expected to grow the fastest during this forecast period.

In recent years, the industry has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by increasing its capability to collect and recycle aluminum and lessen emissions caused by primary aluminum production by half.

Taber Extrusions is among the North American aluminum companies dedicated to ecologically shaping our world for the better. Our mission is to provide a wide range of products and services that meet global standards. Our aim is to help build your vision in a sustainable and eco-friendly way through collaboration and mutual awareness.

More about a Company that Supports Building Green

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches. Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS, in 1995 which houses a new state-of-the-art cast house and two additional presses, microextrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times.

Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes and has diversified its markets beyond the military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies cast and extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys.

Today, Taber Extrusions has completed the addition of in-house friction stir welding capabilities and carries on their offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market – making them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.

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