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Amongst many other different types of material, we also manufacture aluminium shims and foil, due to it having a number of impressive qualities. Aluminium is incredibly abundant, making up about 8% of the entire solid surface of the Earth. It’s rarely found in its pure, native form, due to being so reactive, and is therefore most commonly found in a number of different minerals.
Why Aluminium Shims?
Aluminium has a very low density, and is ideally used in applications where weight is a factor. Its low reactivity is also highly sought after, making it a common material to be used in the food and drinks sector, most commonly in canning as it does not impart flavour or react with the liquid or food inside the can. It is also incredibly resistant to corrosion.
It is being increasingly used throughout the world due to its abundance, relatively low cost of manufacture and the fact that it is recyclable. In theory, it is actually 100% recyclable and doesn’t lose any of its natural qualities during the process. In Europe, 42% of cans are recycled and 95% of transport vehicle aluminium is recycled. The main reason for doing so isn’t because of a materials shortage (as mentioned earlier, aluminium isn’t in short supply) but because the process of melting scrap aluminium requires less than 5% of the energy used to produce aluminium from ore, making it far more environmentally and economically friendly to reuse the scrap material.
Aluminium is almost always used as part of an alloy, which improves the mechanical qualities of the material. It is usually alloyed with copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese and silicon, including in its common usages as household foil and beverage cans. Aluminium foil, for example, is usually alloyed with iron and silicon in order to improve its qualities.
In terms of shims and foil, aluminium is often used where weight is a priority, and where the relatively low cost of the material is important. Being very light and malleable, aluminium is an important metal in many industrial usages where precision is required. Our aluminium shims can be manufactured to any specific size or gauge, including custom measurements.
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