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.
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.
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.
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.