Top 10 things about aluminium – the hero metal
From our cars to our electronic equipment to our churches to our soda pop cans to our windows and doors, the magic of aluminium is everywhere. After iron, aluminium is the second most widely used metal in the world. That’s because its qualities are superior to many other metals when it comes to low weight, high strength, superior malleability, easy machining, excellent corrosion resistance and good thermal and electrical conductivity. And best of all – aluminium is highly recyclable.
Here are just some of the surprising uses in everyday life of aluminium today.
1. Streets ahead. Amid great anticipation, the 4th generation 2013 Land Rover Range Rover made its world debut at the Paris Motorshow in 2012. The world’s first all aluminium monocoque SUV, the new Range Rover features a new V6 turbo-charged diesel that is approximately 420ks lighter than the outgoing model. With petrol prices at an all-time high, this new aluminium platform delivers crucial weight savings and increasing fuel economy, as well as outstanding safety and rigidity features.1
2. Aluminium is well connected. To stop long overhead power cables from swaying in the wind, George H. Stockbridge of Southern California invented a small device in 1920 that would swing from the cables to stabilise movement. Today, modern aluminium versions of the ‘Stockbridge damper’ can be seen suspended from millions of power lines across the world.2
3. Reaching new heights. Lightweight, durable and recyclable, aluminium is becoming the cornerstone of some of our city’s most iconic buildings, including London’s new 310 meter-high The Shard, now Europe’s tallest building and using 55,000m2 of aluminium in its cladding. At first sight, the building looks like a glass tower, but it is actually aluminium that makes it possible. This iconic building took advantage of the latest Super Durable powder coating technology to enhance appearance and durability. The aluminium frames on windows and doors help keep the building looking beautiful.
4. Great strides. Aluminium is the second most abundant metallic element in the earth’s crust (after silicon), yet it is a comparatively new industrial metal that has been produced in commercial quantities for just over 100 years.4
5. Across the pond. For Brits, aluminium is a five-syllable word (AL-ew-MIN-ee-əm); for Americans, it’s only four (ə-LEW-mi-nəm).
6. Divine calling. Built in the 17th century, the beautiful San Gioachino church in Rome was fitted with a new roof in 1897 – made of aluminium. More than a century later, its aluminium roof is still in pristine condition, ensuring the treasures within remain safe and sound.5
7. Telly fan? Recycling one aluminium drinks can saves enough energy to run a television set for one hour. After use, aluminium can be recycled repeatedly without loss of its properties.Light-weight aluminium drinks cans are the most recycled packaging in the world. Best of all, recycling aluminium requires only 5% of the original energy required to produce the primary metal.6
8. It’s a wrap. The thermal blankets you see draped over trauma victims to keep out the cold or given to marathon runners after a race is a polyester metalised with aluminium laminate. Aluminium is added to take advantage of the metal’s excellent reflective properties.7
9. An Olympic metal. Although it looks like gold, the 2012 London Olympic torch is crafted from aluminium alloy. Designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the torch is 800mm high and has 8,000 perforated circles representing each of the inspirational runners in the relay marking the opening of the London 2012 games. The torch represents the three elements of the Olympic motto – faster, higher, stronger – three qualities that might well represent aluminium itself.8
10. Best new app. Aluminium has thousands of uses, including in transportation (cars, aeroplanes, trucks, trains, boats, etc.), packaging (cans, foil, etc.), consumer durables (appliances, cooking utensils, etc.), electrical transmission lines, machinery, construction (windows, doors, cladding, etc) and hundreds of other applications.10 In the home building industry, aluminium is the material of choice for architects who want big picture windows and sliding patio doors with large unobstructed glass areas,9 producing some of the most spectacular views in premium homes today. The possibilities are limitless!
1. Land Rover, http://www.landrover.com/gb/en/lr/
3. Aluminium Federation, http://www.alfed.org.uk/detail.asp?nid=457
4. U.S. Geological Survey, http://minerals.er.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/aluminum/
5. Aluminium Federation, http://www.alfed.org.uk/detail.asp?nid=420
6. Aluminium Federation, http://www.alfed.org.uk/page.asp?node=77&sec=A_-_E#B.
7. Aluminium Federation, http://www.alfed.org.uk/detail.asp?nid=416
9. Reynaers at Home, reynaersathome.co.uk
Notes to Editors:
Reynaers at Home products are crafted from aluminium, a superior material for self build windows and doors, sliding doors, bi-fold doors, sliding patio doors, conservatories and a host of other glazing products. The Reynaers at Home product range can be used in new home construction, as well as in extensions and renovations. All products are available in various styles and in a wide range of colours.
- Reynaers at Home offers an extensive support and training service for its partners in the domestic marketplace, including fabricators, installers, architects and builders.
- Reynaers at Home provides its own Dedicated Support Team – design support, architectural support, CAD, estimation, customer service and lead generation.
- Reynaers at Home is based in Birmingham, with a growing network of approved suppliers and installers across the UK. Visit,www.reynaersathome.co.uk
- Reynaers at Home is part of the family-owned parent company Reynaers Aluminium, which was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Duffel, Belgium.
- Reynaers at Home satisfies the international ISO 9001:2000 quality standard. In addition, it also has the following accreditations: ISO 14001, ISO 16001, ISO 50001, Secured By Design, Achilles, BM TRADA.
- The new Reynaers at Home brand is headed by industry expert Hugh Moss, who is available for media interviews.