Industry is often influenced by cultural or societal trends. The materials that are used to create consumer products will often change depending upon their impact on the global environment. Standard and custom aluminum extrusion have come to the forefront in recent years for its active role in protecting the environment. Sustainable aluminum extrusions are used across many different industries, including marine, aerospace, transportation, lighting, public safety, construction, architecture, infrastructure, and consumer goods. The use of aluminum at one stop shop fabrication facilities like Silver City Aluminum in Taunton, Massachusetts, help to reduce the impact of industry on the planet as a whole.
Why Aluminum is Sustainable
The word “sustainable” has become a buzz-word, much like “environmentally-friendly” or “eco-friendly” have in recent years. However, not everything that uses these terms actually is friendly to the environment or even sustainable for that matter. The word sustainable, when used to describe natural resources, means to keep the use at a steady level that won’t be likely to cause damage to the environment. 99.9 percent of the aluminum that is used at Silver City Aluminum is recycled. Beyond that, aluminum is considered to be the most recycled metal on the planet with a high rate of consumer awareness and recycling effort as well.
Aluminum can be recycled over and over again without losing any of its inherent properties or benefits. Because it is so frequently recycled, that makes it cheaper to use and causes less of an impact on the environment, bolstering its sustainability even further. Custom aluminum extrusion can be used to reduce post extrusion operations, reducing the amount of labor required to create a finished part or product as well as the amount of energy required to make the product. The overall production process of sustainable aluminum extrusions reduces waste, emissions, and byproducts caused by other types of production, making aluminum extrusion safer for the environment.
Other Benefits of Aluminum
Even if reducing environmental waste and pollution is not at the top of your priority list, there are still other benefits associated with using aluminum. Silver City Aluminum is a one stop shop fabrication and extrusion facility. We work with our clients from the initial design of custom aluminum extrusion profiles or dies all the way through production, fabrication, finishing, quality check, and delivery. Our team of highly trained and experienced technicians can help our clients to maximize the return on investment for working with standard or custom aluminum extrusion. Make sure to ask about improving corrosion resistance through design and other options that can be built right into the custom profile for extrusion.
Aluminum is a unique material – here are some interesting facts:
- Over a billion tons of primary aluminum has been produced worldwide since 1888 and approximately 75 percent of it is still in use.
- Approximately 35 percent of aluminum production around the world comes from recycling.
- It only takes 5 percent of the energy required to produce raw aluminum to recycle it.
- Switching to aluminum from other materials can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, save energy, and lower fuel consumption when used in transportation, marine, and aerospace industry parts and products.
Environmental studies have also revealed that aluminum producers, including standard and custom aluminum extrusion, have decreased energy consumption steadily over the past twenty years. This makes the use of aluminum parts and products even more sustainable than ever before.
Why Choose Silver City Aluminum
While we are located in Taunton, MA, our team produces standard and custom aluminum extrusion at our one stop shop fabrication and extrusion facility for clients all over the globe. Because we do everything in house, we are able to provide excellent quality control over every step in the process. From the initial engineering and design all the way to quality checking and delivery, Silver City Aluminum takes pride in the sustainable aluminum extrusions that we produce. Our goal is to meet or exceed the expectations of every client that we serve. Give us a call at 508-542-7200 to learn more about our facility or to ask about our fabrication options, post extrusion operations, finishing variations, and other custom services. We work with just about every industry in America and have built a solid reputation for providing top notch results.