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A Festive Twist on Aluminium

On Christmas morning, thousands of people will be wrapping a turkey in aluminium foil before roasting it in the oven. However, keeping the meat moist and delicious for the traditional family dinner isn’t the only domestic use of this sustainable metal. In this article, we explore a variety of uses of aluminium in the kitchen alone.

Aluminium Parts for White Goods

Christmas dinner would be much more of a challenge without a fridge or dishwasher. Both of these white goods, along with washing machines and cooker hoods contain aluminium frames and parts. To achieve the uniformity needed, these components are typically manufactured using the aluminium extrusion process.

Although aluminium is a malleable metal, that can be accurately shaped to fit, it retains its shape and strength in both hot and cold temperatures. So, this might be an article with a festive twist, but there is no twisting or warping with aluminium parts!

Aluminium Cooking Utensils

Many pots, pans, baking trays and cooking utensils are formed from aluminium extrusion or casting. The metal is a high heat conductor, which aids quick and even cooking. In addition, it is corrosion resistant, so contact with liquids doesn’t damage the utensil or affect the ingredients.

Aluminium In the Spotlight

A product we are often asked to manufacture is cable trunking for domestic lighting. These are typically hidden within the walls, so you may not know they are there. However, in some buildings, exposed aluminium cable ducts are a design feature!

You might wonder why aluminium is used for cable ducts. Firstly, this keeps all cables neatly contained and protected from damage. It reduces the risk of accidentally drilling through a power cable and also protects in the case of a fire. The lightweight, non-corrosive and rigid nature of aluminium makes it the perfect material for the job.

Equally, your lampshades and light switches can be made from aluminium. Then there are your window and door frames. Our team have considerable expertise in extruded aluminium assembly for windows, shelving, office partitions, furniture and other frame structures.

Take a Seat!

Did you know that architect Norman Foster and designer Philippe Starck have designed chairs from aluminium? The metal is lightweight and easy to shape into ergonomic curves for a stylish result. Equally, aesthetic designs and functionality can be combined for tables. As an example, aluminium extrusion makes it possible to create table legs with integrated cable ducts. This means wires for devices are contained. No more trip hazards or tangled wires!

Most often, aluminium is used for loungers, bistro tables and other garden furniture. The fact that it is weather-resistant and low maintenance makes it a logical option.

On this point, it is worth noting that there are a range of finishing options for extruded aluminium products. These include anodising, polishing and powder coating. The one we recommend is dependent on the product and uses, so speak to us for advice. In addition, with powder coating, aluminium products can be created in an extensive range of colours.

Meeting Your Aluminium Requirements

As you can tell, aluminium is not just for Christmas! It has multiple uses, so if you are designing and developing components or products for domestic or commercial use, get in touch. Our advice can support the practical and cost-effective development of extruded aluminium parts.

With a dedicated on-site fabrication, assembly and finishing, we are equipped to efficiently process large orders. In addition, we offer stock holding facilities to help you manage storage and availability of parts.

Recycling Aluminium

Finally, whether it’s the foil case of a mince pie or parts removed from an old fridge or window frame, it’s great to know that aluminium is fully recyclable. Read more about the sustainability of aluminium.


Read more about the sustainability of aluminium.