Factoid Friday

February 4, 2011 by

Did you know that Aluminum is the most common recyclable material that clutter up our landfill sites, glass, paper, metals, cardboard and plastics – aluminum is the only material that’s endlessly recyclable, 100% reusable.


Factoid Friday

February 3, 2011 by

Four tons of bauxite produces one ton of aluminum – enough to manufacture 60,000 beverage cans.

ET 2012

January 14, 2011 by

The ET Foundation has announced the location and dates for the 2012 ET Expo. The event will run from May 15 to 18 of 2012 in Miami, Florida. Albarrie has been an exhibitor since 2000 at this event and with the new location, we look forward to attending this new venue at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Since this venue is a new hall, the challenge is to select the ideal booth location. There are around 100 locations to choose from.  Making the best selection is a key issue to the success of our participation. This expo attracts people from all over the world who have an interest in the aluminum extrusion industry.

As in real-estate, the adage is “location, location, location” and this is a critical choice to be made. Albarrie has made our selection early to ensure we are well positioned in a prime hall area.  Once our location is approved, we will be posting our booth number and we look forward to meeting with all our existing customers and potential new clients.

Factoid Friday

January 14, 2011 by

Rubies, emeralds and sapphires consist mainly of crystalline aluminum oxide.

The same material used in making aluminum.

Factoid Friday

January 7, 2011 by

Did you know that American consumers and industry throw away enough aluminum

to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial air fleet every three months?

Happy New Year

December 31, 2010 by

From the Staff at Albarrie

Season’s Greetings

December 24, 2010 by

From the Staff at Albarrie

Forward-thinking Designers Look to Extruded Aluminum for Sustainability

December 17, 2010 by

Reading issues of “Light Metal Age” and the “AEC Buyers’ Guide”, I have noticed several articles featuring innovative as well as sustainable designs.  Designs sponsored by Hydro Aluminum North America have received cash as well  as scholarship awards in the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.

As aluminum can be recycled indefinitely and is durable, strong, light weight and corrosion resistant, it provides an ideal design metal for sustainable, innovative products. 

One design which I found attractive was a light weight sport trailer/camper manufactured from extruded aluminum weighing approximately 700 lbs. that can betowed behind almost any vehicle.  After you tow your gear in the trailer (ATV, canoe, motorcycle, or other) and unload at your favorite recreational site, a 2-person tent can be assembled on the frame of the trailer.1

Some additional sustainable designs included the extensive use of solar panels for industrial and commercial use, an electric street motorcycle with an aluminum frame, a hydrokinetic electrical generating device with a free-flow turbine lowering the need for starting motors and a 100% recyclable laptop computer.

We at Albarrie are proud to provide the aluminum extrusion industry with high temperature handling felts to improve the surface finish of the extruded profiles which are found in new, innovative products as well as ones commonly in use such as window and door frames.

 1 Designers Focus on Sustainability: Highlights from the 2008 Aluminum Extrusion Design

Competition”, AEC Buyers’ Guide 2008-2009:  34-35.

Factoid Friday

December 17, 2010 by

The temperature of an extrusion leaving the die is well over 900 F or 482 C, which can produce in certain series of profiles the consistency

of warm pasta.  While this creates the form of the profile, it can produce scratches even from the smoothest graphite rollers.

Factoid Friday

December 10, 2010 by

The use of high aluminum extruded parts was experimented in automotive engineering as easily as the 1930’s, but the first true operational use was aircraft

due to weight concerns.  In fact, the most famous early aircraft to us Aluminum extruded components was Charles Lindbergh’s May 20-21, 1927, on the first

non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize.