Aluminium extrusions are currently used for an increasing number of applications as diverse as satellites in outer space and the manufacture of ordinary household goods. One reason for the popularity of the process is its cost-effectiveness in producing large quantities of components within a short time frame. However, the streamlined production of aluminium extrusions might never have occurred but for a stroke of genius during the manufacture of clay pipes in eighteenth century England. Even then, the pioneers of the fledgling Industrial Revolution were slow to realise how the extrusion process could be used to produce goods on a mass scale at very economic prices.
Aluminium had been identified as a metal in the early years of the nineteenth century but its widespread use was not incorporated into manufacturing until the dawn of the twentieth. Aluminium was finally extruded to great effect to produce a variety of economic goods. Bicycles and cookware were especially popular amongst lower income families who appreciated aluminium’s affordable prices. Although aluminium was originally expensive, its abundance and popularity saw it become a much sought after metal. Its lightweight properties that were increased in strength by the extrusion process were soon identified by inventors such as the Wright brothers who were creating their machines to fly in the skies.
In War and Peace
The aviation industry developed rapidly during the two World Wars when aeroplanes that were quick and inexpensive to produce were in high demand. The aluminium extrusion process displayed its versatility by producing batches of components that were lightweight but strong and reliable. As the 1950s progressed so did commercial and passenger flights around the world. The development of large jumbo jets was only made possible by the use of aluminium and the extrusion process itself enabled multiple parts to be manufactured efficiently and economically. A multitude of other industries were soon to recognise the advantages of aluminium extrusions.
Aluminium Extrusions brought up to the Present
As global efforts to reduce carbon emissions continue, aluminium extrusions are playing their part in producing components for vehicles that are lightweight enough to reduce fuel consumption. Stylish designs in architecture including bridges and sports arenas continue to be built combining economy with practical usage. Edmo Limited are continuing a fine tradition by using their extensive experience in manufacturing aluminium extrusions for an infinite number of applications.