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Aluminium in Transport

Aluminium is a strong, durable and lightweight metal and these three basic properties combine to make it the preferred material of construction for transport applications, where weight reduction to reduce fuel consumption and to increase load carrying capacity is vital. Reducing the weight of a vehicle meets the increasing demands for fuel efficiency and low emissions. Plus the range of surfaces and finishes can be tailored to the manufacturers and designers needs. The use of aluminium in all its various forms - plate, sheet, extrusions, castings and forgings is increasing across the whole range of transport applications.

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Benefits of using aluminium:

  • Strength and durability
  • Lightweight
  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Low Maintenance
  • Design Flexibility
  • Diverse Surface and Finishes
  • Recyclability

Aluminium is widely used for components such as engines, chassis, driveline, suspension, steering, brakes, closures, heat shields, bumpers, hoods, heat exchangers and radiators. In the transportation industry, where the strength-to-weight ratio is critical, aluminum extrusions are ideal for engine blocks, transmission housings, panels, roof rails and chassis of cars, boats, trucks, and railway and subway cars, as well as for the bodies and component parts of vehicles. Demand has also grown for aluminum extrusions as structural components in the manufacture of lighter-weight automobiles.

Aluminium extrusions are also a vital material in the automotive and transport industries and can be used for cant rails, skirts, trims, chassis systems, awning rails, wheel arches.

Aluminium Treadplate can also be used in numerous applications in transportation - floors, boat gangways and decks, catwalks - and in decoration - stairs, ladders, floor coverings.

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Grades includes:

  • 6082 T6
  • 6063 T6
  • 6063A T6
  • 1050-H14
  • 5251-H22
  • 5754 H111
Stainless Steel

Automotive and Transport sectors are making increasing use of stainless steels to reduce weight, improve aesthetics, enhance safety and minimize life cycle cost. Characterized by superior fire and corrosion resistance, they ensure safety and reliability. Since stainless steels exhibit superior combination of high strength, ductility, formability and toughness compared to other metals and alloys, the intrinsic weight of vehicle decreases and its load carrying capacity and fuel efficiency increases. Maintenance cost is naturally lower and stainless steel component at the end of its long life is easily recycled.

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Stainless steel in plate and sheet, coil, strip, precision strip and bar is used extensively in the automotive and transportation industries.

Applications of stainless steel include:

Structural parts, Engine components, Exhaust and GDI systems, Trim elements, Automotive fuel tanks, Seat structures, steering columns, Channels, pillars and bumpers, Freight Railway wagons, Coaches, High speed trains, Exhaust systems of passenger and commercial vehicles, Bus Bodies, Refrigerated containers, Tankers & waste disposal vehicles.

Other applications include uses as the primary lightweight structural material for integral components like fuel tanks, bumpers or chassis. Internal structural framework for doors, trunk lids, and hoods are other practical uses.

Grades includes:

  • 1.4003
  • 1.4301/1.4307 (304/304L)
  • 1.4401/1.4404 (316/316L
  • 430
  • A-286
  • 13-8Mo
  • 15-5PH to AMS5659
  • 17-4PH to AMS5643
  • 17-7PH to AMS5622
  • S145
  • DUPLEX
  • SUPERDUPLEX
Engineering Plastics

High performance plastics are playing an important role in the automotive industry these days. The light weight of plastics makes for more fuel efficient vehicles.

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Beyond the significant contribution engineering plastics have made to lowering vehicle weight and fuel consumption, they have also helped improve vehicle safety through new safety features, reduction in part failure, and improved electrical performance as we move closer to the age of fully electronic and fully autonomous vehicles.

Some other advantages of high performance plastics used in transport vehicles include:

  • minimal corrosion, allowing for longer vehicle life
  • substantial design freedom, allowing advanced creativity and innovation
  • flexibility in integrating components
  • safety, comfort and economy
  • recyclability

Applications for the most popular engineering plastics include:

Automotive bumpers, chemical tanks, cable insulation, instruments panels, sheathing of electrical cables, pipes, doors, body parts, dashboards, wheel covers, gears, bushes, cams, bearings, weather proof coatings, electrical insulation, headlamp lenses, windows, displays, screens, wiper arm and gear housings, headlamp retainer, engine cover and connector housings.

Grades includes:

  • PVC
  • NYLON 6
  • NYLON 66
  • PC
  • PMMA
  • ABS
  • PP
Copper Alloys

The performance racing industry has highly specialized requirements for quality copper-based alloys for products such as timing gears, valve seats, valve guides, rocker bearings, lifter guides, and connecting rod bearings.

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We can supply material which is ideal for high performance applications, offering:

  • Wear resistance
  • Low friction characteristics
  • Electrical conductivity
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Strength
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Oxidation resistance

Grades includes:

  • C36000
  • C63000
  • CA104
  • C101
  • ALLOY 400
  • ALLOY 500
  • ALLOY 62
  • ALLOY 718
  • PB102
Titanium

Titanium is an essential element in the automotive industry due to its strength regardless of its lightness, making it a sought-after metal in manufacturing lightweight vehicles.

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Within the automotive industry, the motorsports sector will be the primary users of 3D-printed titanium parts. Demand for titanium within the automotive sector is expected to continue to rise and will come mostly from continued use for high-performance parts in racing vehicles.

Titanium is used in:

  • Passenger vehicles
  • Rail
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Coaches & Buses
  • Public Service Vehicles
  • Fuel tankers
  • Livestock vehicles
  • Motor Homes
  • Trailers
  • Catering vehicles
  • Portable
  • Motorsport

Grades includes:

  • Ti-6AL-4V to AMS4928 CL AAS
  • 4911
  • 4935
  • 4904
  • 4907 Ti-3AL-2.5V to AMS4975
  • 4976
  • 4919
  • BS2TA11

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