Aluminum Extrusions Manufacturer in California
Few metals can surpass the strength, durability and flexibility of aluminum. Second only to copper in conductivity, it conducts heat well, resists oxidation, corrosion and rust, is non-sparking and non-magnetic. Some alloys are nearly as strong as medium-grade steel, but lighter in weight and less expensive. When looking for an aluminum extrusions manufacturer in California to take advantage of this remarkable metal in your products, consider Sapa Extrusion.
We operate 23 locations and 65 extrusion presses across North America, including our facility in City of Industry, CA, and offer the industry’s broadest product capabilities in press sizes and tonnages (direct and indirect extrusion), alloy selection, circle sizes, profile types and “green” billet. From beer cans to spaceship parts, aluminum can be extruded into a myriad of profiles for use in virtually every industry, including:
Automobiles & Trucks:
Aluminum is second only to steel as the most-utilized material in cars and trucks, and its use is growing. It is corrosion-resistant, durable, and can absorb twice the energy of steel at the same weight. Body panels can be thicker but lighter than steel, and provide better dent resistance.
Aluminum is also highly recyclable, environmentally friendly, and the safest, cost-effective way to increase vehicle performance, boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. Ford’s new all-aluminum-body F-150 pickup truck is the latest example of the shift from steel to aluminum in the auto industry.
Building & Construction:
Aluminum extrusions are used in window and door frames, wall panels, roofing, fences, for braided coaxial cable and wire housings. electrical fittings, couplings and valves, oil and gas drilling tubing and fittings, wide-span roof structures for bridge decks and arenas, heat exchangers, air coolers, heat-sinks, water, air and hydraulic piping and tubing, and many other applications. Aluminum will become a critical building material in the rebuilding of thousands of concrete and steel-reinforced bridge decks around the world.
Extruded profiles are used in a myriad of consumer products, such as circuit boards, kitchen appliances, office furniture, sports and exercise equipment, garage doors, siding, refrigerator panels and ice cube trays. Aluminum foil is finding new uses in flexible film and foil-based packages. Candidates for replacement include about 13 billion packages of pet food, tuna, coffee and soups. In addition, more energy drinks and beverages are making the transition from plastic to aluminum containers which are infinitely recyclable.
When designed with aluminum extrusions, train cars need only one-third the number of components, require less welding, and are significantly lighter in weight compared with the steel versions. Lightweight cars can carry greater loads and save on both freight and fuel costs. They are also better able to resist corrosion when carrying high-sulfur coal. The light weight of aluminum has become a critical design element in new, advanced commuter trains.
As an aluminum extrusions manufacturer in California, Sapa Extrusion can offer expert solutions for your extrusion design needs in the building and construction, transportation and solar/renewable energy industries as well as for industrial and consumer markets.