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Aluminium for the automotive industry – High-class aluminium exteriors for your vehicles

Hydro offers full-service design, development and system integration for automotive roof rails and other decorative structural trim for automotive exteriors. Our automotive design team works with carmakers around the world to deliver aluminium components that meet the highest demands for corrosion resistance and finish.

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Aluminium in car exteriors, from exterior trim to roof rail solutions

We deliver aluminium components that meet the highest demands for corrosion resistance and finish. Hydro’s range of aluminium car exterior components includes specialized coatings developed to avoid damage from aggressive alkali chemicals frequently used in high-pressure car cleaning.

Hydro delivers a full range of common automotive exterior trim items manufactured with aluminium, including window frames, light rings, antennas and door handles. Hydro can also provide decorative structural trim in aluminium, including emblems and radiator grills.

Hydro can take on the entire assignment of designing your vehicle’s exterior elements, from development and design to manufacturing in aluminium, surface treatment, assembly, packaging and distribution to car makers worldwide.

Why use anodizing for car exterior finish?

Anodizing aluminium extrusions for car exteriors creates a dirt-repellent surface and improves corrosion resistance. It provides a surface with electrically insulated coating and preserves the finish of the metal. Another benefit from an anodized finish is making cars look good: anodized aluminium exteriors provide your vehicle with a smooth surface that is pleasant to the touch.

High-end aluminium exterior components for the roof of your car

Roof rails made of extruded aluminium are growing more popular. These are fastened on top of the vehicle and used to carry additional luggage and equipment. We use aluminium extrusions because they enable attractive, low weight and high-strength designs. Hydro also offers other aluminium components for vehicle roofs, such as sun roof frames.

Hydro CIRCAL recycled aluminium

Hydro CIRCAL is our range of products made with recycled, post-consumer scrap. Using recycled aluminium, we are able to drastically reduce energy use in the production phase, while still being able to offer high-quality aluminium products.

Operating the most advanced aluminium sorting technology in the industry allows Hydro CIRCAL to provide some of the highest recycled content aluminium in the market. Currently we offer Hydro CIRCAL 75R that contains a minimum of 75% post-consumer scrap. The higher the recycled content, the lower the carbon footprint.

Find out more about how Hydro CIRCAL could make your vehicular aluminium exterior products attractive as well as more sustainable.