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Aluminium Extrusion Challenges

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<p style="text-align: justify;">The Global Aluminium Extrusion market in 2022 was 92 billion, about 30 million tonnes, which is 28% of the total Aluminium Market.The Extrusion business is highly fragmented worldwide, and the major five players contribute just 16% of world requirements.&nbsp;</p><h2 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Aluminium Extrusion Market&nbsp;</span></h2><p>Presently the demand is expected at a CAGR of 7.5%. Extrusion has huge potential. With increasing pressure on environmental and emission norms, the use of greener, lighter, and environment-friendly metal will continue.</p><p>The product segments for Aluminium products can be classified into Building &amp; Construction, Automotive &amp; Transportation, Consumer Durables, Electrical Energy, and Industrial Machinery, the highest being in B&amp;C and next being A &amp; T.&nbsp;</p><p>Each product segment has its unique Process and Quality requirements, which pose a huge challenge in manufacturing, packing, Transportation, and storage.</p><p><strong>Challenges&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Unique challenges for the B &amp; C segment are surface quality, dimensional accuracy, and weight per meter. For A&amp; T, it is strength, dimensional accuracy, and ultrasonically sound product.&nbsp;</p><p>The high-tech industrial products like Aerospace components, Auto bumpers, Space frames, Chassis, panels, transmission housings, and engine blocks for cars, trucks, boats, and railways require huge investment.</p><h2><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Conclusion&nbsp;</span></h2><p>In order to meet these challenging needs of each segment, the process needs to be robust and customized as each customer has unique requirements.&nbsp;</p><p>Process controls like Closed loop Temperature control, Controlled Stretching, Off line Solutionizing and aging, Reeling Machines, Deburring and Surface finishing, and cold redrawing need to be in place.</p><p>Additionally, Lloyds and Type test for Marine Application and AS 9100 international standards for qualifying for Aerospace products.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><em>This article was contributed by our expert <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/pramod-koparde-086110169/">Pramod Koparde</a></em></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Pramod Koparde</span></h3><h2><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">1. Is the extrusion process sustainable?</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Aluminum extrusions are considered to have positive sustainability benefits due to their recyclability, recycled content, and geographically disbursed production network.&nbsp;</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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