aluminium extrusion news

Two New Engineers Join the ABL Team

Josh Scofield and Chris Mason have joined ABL as Production Engineer and Design Engineer and bring with them extensive experience in their field. Read more...

ABL Sealing The Future

sealing bonding capability

ABL invests in new technology sealing and bonding equipment to provide an enhanced service to customers requiring tightly controlled sealing capability.
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ABL Articles

Stretch Forming and Bending of Aluminium Extrusions.
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The Use of Aluminium Extrusions in Vehicle Applications.
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Aluminium extrusion is an extremely flexible material which can be designed to incorporate many features which minimise the need for un-necessary, downstream manufacturing processes. This saving in cost can be enhanced further by designing an aluminium section with the minimum appropriate wall thickness to reduce weight.

ABL frequently helps its customers design aluminium extrusions and by getting involved in the early stages of product design can help ensure the optimal combination of alloy, profile design, downstream machining and finishing activities. This “holistic” approach will help deliver the most cost effective design as opposed to designing an extrusion in isolation and then looking at cnc machining, for instance, with assembly and finishing as afterthoughts.

ABL works in many different market sectors and, specialising in aluminium extrusions, combines the most appropriate design, machining processes and finishing to deliver high quality components and assemblies at competitive prices.

Although much of our extrusion is purchased in the UK and Europe, other customers with high volumes favour lower cost, Far Eastern mills. Alternatively we will provide a blended supply sourcing, say, prototypes and pre-production parts locally and bulk supply from further afield.

ABL purchases many tonnes of aluminium every year from extrusion mills across the world and each of these has specific technical capabilities. Our years of dealing with these mills allows us to ensure that we match your aluminium extrusions requirements for design, quality, lead time and cost to the most appropriate source.

In many instances, ABL acts as a stockholder allowing us to buy in large, economic batch quantities, store the aluminium extrusions in our secure warehouse and deliver finished components to our customers in much smaller, regular ship quantities. In this way our customers get the benefits of volume pricing without tying up their working capital and space carrying stock.

ABL Aluminium Components act as a “One-Stop Shop” for all fabrication, finishing and assembly of aluminium extrusions. The company invests significant sums to ensure its plant and equipment can produce high quality aluminium components at competitive rates. We also look to add processes to meet our customers’ varied needs, the latest being the addition of a state of the art cnc aluminium forming machine.

Processing facilities include, saw cutting, brush and vibro de-bur, small and large component cnc machining up to 14m, press work, welding, mechanical assembly and adhesive bonding. We also offer in-house finishing facilities which include; polishing, anodising and powder coat. We believe we offer a greater range of aluminium extrusion processing facilities under one roof than any other company in the UK.

ABL puts great emphasis on quality and is certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 which will soon be re-assessed to ISO 9001:2015.

ABL aluminium components has over 40 years of anodising experience and is one of very few companies in the UK that combine fabrication, powder coat and anodising on the same site. To enhance your aluminium extrusion components we offer natural silver, black, gold and champagne finishes in a range of film thicknesses from AA3 to AA25. We can anodise components up to 2.7m in length and can meet the exacting quality standards set by customers in such varied sectors as automotive, cosmetic and medical industries.

Powder coat is the most widespread method of surface coating aluminium extrusions and provides an almost limitless choice of colours with excellent repeatability of colour matching. Principle benefits are; no risk of running or blistering, consistent surface appearance (colour and texture), the ability to withstand knocks and abrasions combined with good UV and corrosion resistance.