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Aluminium – the metal of the future

When you choose aluminium from Hydro for your design, you state your intent to create a product that’s strong, light, durable and climate efficient. In other words, you state your intent to be a part of a smarter and more sustainable future.

Surface treatment of aluminium profiles

Aluminium’s superior properties concerning pliability, light weight and strength makes it the perfect material for almost any design challenge, big or small. Here’s a quick overview of how we use aluminium in different product areas, each catering to different needs.

Aluminium alloys

An aluminium alloy is a mixture of aluminium and one or more metals, made to enhance the material properties for specific purposes such as strength, brilliance or formability. The most common elements used in aluminium alloys are magnesium, silicon, manganese, zinc and copper.

Extruded products

Aluminium is extremely malleable and can be formed into almost any shape. An extruded product is the result of heating an ingot of aluminium to 500°C and press it through a die shaped like the finished part or extrusion. With the right alloy and proper thermal treatment, extrusions offer endless application opportunities. This makes aluminium a product designer’s dream, because the limits to its use in general are set by the designer’s imagination.

Precision tubing

Precision tubing is an innovative source of aluminium solutions for a wide range of applications. It is often used to transfer heat from one location to another in motor vehicles, refrigerators and air conditioning, ventilation, solar power and heating systems. Aluminium tubes are also suitable for ladders, scaffolding, garden and camping equipment, aerials, roller blinds, telescopic shafts, conveyors and more.

Rolled products

Our flat-rolled aluminium products are high in strength and low in weight but vary in thickness. Our foils, strips, sheets and plates are suitable for everything from conserving food and medicines to building ships and automobiles.

Casthouse products

Our casthouse products, such as extrusion ingots, sheet ingots, foundry alloys, wire rods and high purity aluminium, are used in automotive, transport, buildings, heat transfer, electronics and aviation.