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Different types of Aluminium Finishing

What is Aluminium Extrusion?

Aluminium extrusions are made from aluminium that has been pushed through a die of a specific shape or profile, resulting in a continuous cross-sectional piece. This is known as the aluminium extrusion process. The process allows for various shapes and sizes to be created, ranging from simple flat bars to complex multi-void profiles.   Aluminium extrusion…
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Guide to Joining Aluminium Extrusions

Aluminium extrusions are versatile objects that are made to assist in a wide range of purposes. The process of joining together aluminium extrusions can help in creating a stable structure without the need for many joints or other components. Whether it’s a DIY project or something more complex, joining aluminium extrusions has proven to be…
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Fabricating Aluminium

Understanding the Basics: An Overview of the Aluminium Fabrication Process

Aluminium is used in a vast range of applications for several reasons including its corrosion resistance, durability and low weight, however, it’s also favoured as a result of being extremely easy to work with and fabricate. Today, we’re going to look at the aluminium fabrication process and the different steps that go into each aluminium…
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A tribute to our beloved team member

It is with great sadness that one of our longest serving and well-respected colleagues Glenn Careless passed away on the 21st December. Glenn wasn’t just a colleague; he was a kind, thoughtful person who will be remembered for his comical wit and helpful nature. He will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him. LA…
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How to Clean and Maintain Aluminium?

Basic cleaning methods of aluminium – how do you clean aluminium? A popular choice in a variety of industries due to its versatility, durability and corrosion resistance, aluminium is used within a variety of industries. However, like all metals, maintaining and cleaning aluminium is important to ensure its longevity but depending on the specific aluminium…
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Everything You Need to Know About Aluminium Profiles

Aluminium profiles are widely used within manufacturing and construction, due to their corrosion resistance and lightweight properties, making it a versatile material to use in these industries. The durability and versatility of aluminium make it a preferred choice for many, however, there are many different profiles available. It can make it difficult to know which…
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Aluminium vs. Steel: A Comprehensive Comparison in Construction

When it comes to construction it is always important to choose the right materials, in this blog, we are going to compare aluminium vs. steel and their benefits in construction. At LA Metals we can help you find the highest quality aluminium materials whatever your construction project may be. Properties and Characteristics of Aluminium vs.…
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An In-Depth Look at Custom Aluminium Profiles and Their Applications

Custom aluminium profiles are created with the use of a process known as extrusion, whereby heated aluminium is pressed, with high force, through a fixed shape die, almost like running Play-Doh through a shaped press. This is how all extrusions are made, but with custom aluminium parts the dies used are completely bespoke, allowing for…
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Guide through aluminium tube sizes

Aluminium is a lightweight, durable and corrosion-resistant metal that is easily formable, which makes it an ideal material for fabricating various shapes and sizes. Having a wide range of aluminium tube sizes is paramount for any aluminium supplier as the metal is used in numerous industries for various applications. Aluminium tube sizes determine the capacity,…
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Guide through common aluminium grades

Everywhere you look, you will find aluminium. In your kitchen appliances, your homes, your cars, bikes and vans, in the plane that flies you to somewhere sunny and in the canned beverage you drink whilst soaking in your surroundings. Sometimes the aluminium takes centre stage, like in the drink can or the frames of windows…
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LA Metals at UK Metals Expo

UK Metals Expo is the number one annual event for the metal industry and the only one that includes the whole supply chain. Manufacturers, processors, fabricators, machinists, engineers, finishers and recyclers all come together to share their expertise to aid the UK industry forward as they look to overcome significant challenges, such as skills shortages,…
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Bespoke Aluminium Profiles for a World Tour Play

Recently, LA Metals were tasked with a project to supply bespoke aluminium profiles for a play, ready to be taken on a world tour. See below what our wonderful client had to say about working with us: “This was our first project with LA Metals and we found that from start to finish, the ordering…
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Aluminium Fabrication

The Importance of Aluminium Fabrication

Aluminium fabrication is an important process that is needed to be performed with expert precision and tools. Aluminium fabrication is a method of transforming raw aluminium materials into finished products which can be used for a wide number of sectors and industries. Here at LA Metals, we are expert and trusted aluminium fabricators, with the…
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Anodising Aluminium

What is Anodising of Aluminium?

Anodising aluminium is a beneficial process that helps to strengthen and protect the surface of the metal from corrosion, in addition to creating a visually appealing hard-wearing protective coating. There are a variety of finishes that LA Metals can provide, with anodising aluminium being just one of them, to give aluminium products their unique aesthetic…
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A Guide to the Aluminium Extrusion Process

Aluminium is one of the most versatile metals on planet Earth with a wide range of advantages that make it ideal for a range of applications across homes, as well as commercial and industrial sectors. One of the processes that aluminium can go through is called aluminium extrusion which is applied to items used in…
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Different types of Aluminium Finishing

Different Types of Aluminium Finishing

Aluminium is a metal that boasts a huge array of benefits and strengths for a plethora of applications. Formed from bauxite ore, which is a clay mineral found in tropical and sub-tropical parts of the world, it is the third most common element on the planet after oxygen and silicon and actually forms over 8%…
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What is Aluminium Fabrication? 

Aluminium fabrication is the creation of various structures by cutting, bending or using other assembling processes. Each aluminium type or alloy requires a unique machineability and LA Metals has the expertise to cover your fabrication needs. The different types of fabrication available for aluminium are as wide and varied as the uses that this versatile…
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Where is Polished Aluminium Used?

Where is Polished Aluminium Used?

Polished aluminium is used for a variety of applications – generally where metal parts are exposed, as the finished look is desired for its attractive qualities. Popular uses for polished aluminium parts are where a high-quality, reflective surface is preferred such as retail and restaurant fittings, interior design, hospitals, car parks and for creative art…
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The Benefits of Powder Coating Aluminium 

Powder coating is a process used to coat metal objects or parts to provide them with a protective layer resistant to wear and tear. It is often used for aluminium because of its many advantages, such as corrosion and abrasion resistance, improved durability, and increased aesthetic appeal. The benefits of powder coating aluminium will be…
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The 5 key benefits of Anodised Aluminium

The 5 key benefits of Anodised Aluminium

What is Anodising?  Anodising aluminium is a highly controlled form of oxidation. First the aluminium is first cleaned, to remove any oils on the surface from extrusion, next it is etched in acid to remove imperfections and then anodised in sulphuric acid in an electrochemical process. This process is achieved by immersing the aluminium in…
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