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Aluminum Extrusion Alloys

Hydro Extrusion, North America’s leading supplier of extrusion profiles, has an extraordinary capacity for producing all standard and custom aluminum extrusion alloys and tempers, shapes and sizes, by both direct and indirect extrusion, through our nationwide network of production and supply facilities.

End shot of multiple extruded aluminum shapes

Our team of experts applies their decades of experience to developing solutions for virtually any unique application. We also have unprecedented resources and the ability to create custom alloys for customers.

While the majority of our alloys are within the 6000 series, we have experience with a wide variety of aluminum alloys, including:

  • 1060 Alloy
    This is a relatively low strength, essentially pure, non-heat treatable aluminum alloy. It is noted for its excellent welding characteristics and formability along with good corrosion resistance. It has excellent forming capability by cold or hot working with commercial techniques and may be welded by standard commercial methods. Typical applications include chemical and food handling equipment, as well as containers for food, pharmaceuticals and liquids. 
  • 3003 Alloy
    Another of the non-heat treatable alloys, alloy 3003 features good corrosion resistance, workability and weldability. It develops strengthening from cold working only. Alloy 3003 is readily machined and considered to have good machinability for the aluminum alloys. It also has excellent resistance to chemical attack and is commonly used for heat exchangers and condensers that involve chemicals.
  • 6042 Alloy
    This new alloy was developed to provide machine shops with unmatched in consistency and tolerance control. It also has lower lead levels that comply with ELV and RoHS environmental directives when products are recycled. It offers better machinability than 6061 alloy and is an excellent alternative to 6262 alloy, which exceeds the .4% maximum lead level. It is commonly used for electrical connectors and screws, air conditioning components, manifolds and valve blocks, brake components, and fasteners and hardware.
  • 6061 Alloy
    This magnesium and silicon alloy is the best choice when welding or brazing is required. It has structural strength and toughness, good corrosion resistance and good machining characteristics. It has an excellent appearance after anodizing. 6061 is used extensively as a construction material, most commonly in the manufacture of marine and automotive components.
  • 6063 Alloy
    This popular magnesium and silicon alloy is in the heat treatable category. It has a finer grain structure than 6061 and will provide the best cosmetic appearance after anodizing. It is highly corrosion resistance with good workability and weldability. Common uses include cylinder tubing, electrical bus conductor, and architectural applications.
  • 6262 Alloy
    This heat treatable alloy is one of the few alloys developed specifically for its excellent machinability. It is also one of the most corrosion resistant alloys and easily accepts all types of anodic coatings (clear, clear and dye, hardcoat, etc.), which will enhance its resistance to corrosion and wear. It is readily weldable by all gas, arc and resistance methods and can also be brazed. Alloy 6262 is commonly used in the manufacture of automotive and marine applications.