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Industrial Uses of Aluminium

Annie Everill

Annie Everill

Aluminium is an essential and valuable metal, popular in a number of industries including engineering and product manufacturing. Aluminium is one of the most widely used metals in the world due to its durability, versatility, and low density. From aerospace and transportation to packaging and household utensils, aluminium plays a critical role in production and workplace solutions. Many businesses are also now finding new and improved ways to lower their carbon footprints and find more economical solutions, with aluminium being one of them. In this article, we will delve into the various industrial uses of aluminium, how it is being used, and its unique properties and investigate the reasons why it has become such a popular choice of material for so many industries.

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Top 5 industrial uses for aluminium

Household goods

Due to its non-toxicity and high electrical conductivity, aluminium is the ideal solution for household items, electricals and packaged food. High amounts of aluminium are used for packaging food, medication, and beverages as it does not affect the taste, can repel water and also extends the shelf life of consumable items. Aluminium is also used to produce foil, cookware, trays, utensils, refrigerators and kitchen appliances such as kettles. One of the main reasons aluminium is used in household and packaging productions is due to its corrosionresistant properties and lightweight finish.

Transportation

One of the largest industrial uses of aluminium is within the transport industry. Due to its strength and durability, aluminium is being used throughout vehicle production, aircraft, railways and logistics. Here are some of the ways transport is benefitting from aluminium.

Vehicle production: Aluminium is used in the production of cars, vans, buses, and other vehicles due to its lightweight nature, helping to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Aircraft: Aluminium is the primary material used in the construction of aircraft, used to create components such as wings, fuselage, and landing gear.

Rail transport: Rail transport benefits from aluminium in a variety of ways as it is used in the production of rail cars and high-speed trains but is also used for overhead electrical lines as it is a good conductor of electricity.

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Construction

Aluminium has become a valuable material for the construction industry due to its distinctive properties such as strength, durability, recyclability, bendability and lightweight. From building facades and roofing to window frames and interior design, aluminium in construction has led to the expansion of high-quality and long-lasting buildings which can withstand harsh environments and extreme weather conditions.

Aerospace

Aluminium is the primary material used in the production of aircraft structures due to its high strength-to-weight ratio, which enables the manufacture of lightweight and fuel-efficient aeroplanes. It is also used for the production of goods such as aerospace fasteners, engines, solar, satellite components and tooling. This material choice is also essential for aerospace components that need to withstand extreme temperatures, pressures, and environmental conditions.

Electricals

Due to its excellent conductivity and corrosion resistance, aluminium is used throughout the production of electricals and continues to be a popular choice in this growing industry. Find out more on our blog about the conductivity of aluminium.

Aluminium is used for parts such as power transmission, wiring, capacitors, heat sinks and enclosures for things such as switches. Aluminium is also used in many handheld devices including smartphones, laptops, and televisions.

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