The Aluminium Effect

A Unique Metal with Unique Properties

We are moving into a low carbon economy. New business models, IT innovation, decentralized governance, and energy efficiency are some of the key words that are re-defining our societies. Aluminium is playing a fundamental role to drive this transformation thanks to what we call “Aluminium Effect”. Aluminium has a broad range of unique properties that contributes to build a new society based on low carbon products, lighter cars, energy efficient-buildings and recycling.

Today, aluminium is the second most widely used metal in the world. This is because aluminium has a unique combination of attractive properties and effects that can be summarised as follows:

  • Low weight
  • Recyclability
  • High strength
  • Superior malleability
  • Easy machining
  • Excellent corrosion resistance
  • Easy to mill, drill, cut, punch, bend, weld, bond, tape.

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This video illustrates the infinite recyclability of valuable aluminium at the end of products' (often long) lives.

Permanent material: aluminium is a material with ‘permanent’ characteristics or properties, to be abbreviated as ‘permanent material’, one for which the inherent properties do not change during use and following repeated recycling into new products.

Corrosion free and durable: Aluminium develops a natural oxide layer, protecting it against corrosion and making it virtually maintenance free. This makes aluminium the ideal material for packaging, building and vehicles and transport.

Light yet strong: Despite its relatively low weight, aluminium has a remarkable strength to weight ratio. As an alloy, aluminium offers similar performance to advanced steels and titanium.

Energy saving: Aluminium’s unique properties allow for significant energy savings in many applications; for example in vehicles and buildings. In addition, recycled aluminium is highly energy efficient, using only 5% of the energy of primary production.

Despite its relatively low weight, aluminium has a remarkable strength to weight ratio. Watch this video to find out more. 

High versatility: Aluminium is not only light; it has a low melting point and is highly ductile. This makes it easy to work with, shape and join adding to its versatility.

Total barrier: Aluminium can be rolled extremely thinly – less than 100th of a millimetre – while remaining completely impermeable to light, odour and contamination. This makes it the ideal material for packing food, pharmaceuticals and other sensitive products.

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