WHAT WE DO

Aluminum

Customers on six continents trust Standard & General to provide a reliable supply of primary aluminum and aluminum alloys.

We leverage our global reach and extensive aluminum supply network to deliver continuously for our customers worldwide. Our customers value Standard & General's reliability and sustainability of supply. 

We market intermediate cast and rolled products made of aluminum and aluminum alloys to industrial consumers in the automotive, construction, electrical, packaging, aerospace, and defense industries. Our strength comes from our direct relationships with the world's major aluminum suppliers, and with our suppliers, we aim to meet the world's growing needs for high-quality aluminum products.


 

Uses of aluminum
 

Aluminum is light, strong, recyclable, and highly versatile, and its applications are almost endless. Aluminum's properties concerning aesthetics, pliability, malleability, lightness, and strength mean aluminum has a vast range of uses in the production of cars, planes, trains, buildings, and food packaging products such as cans and aluminum foil.

Aluminum has a lifecycle that few other metals can match. Aluminum can be recycled repeatedly, and as a result, over 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today. Aluminum is used in electric vehicles, solar cells, and wind turbines; therefore, it plays an important part in a sustainable future. Aluminum is corrosion resistant and efficient to recycle, requiring just 5% of the energy used to produce the primary metal.

Aluminum has excellent energy absorption properties and is only one-third of the weight of steel. In the automotive industry's quest to make cars lighter, safer, and more efficient, aluminum is rapidly replacing steel. The use of aluminum in automotive production produces lighter vehicles with lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions without compromising safety.

Aluminum is one of the most commonly used metals in modern buildings because it improves energy efficiency. The high strength-to-weight ratio also minimizes the loads on a building's supporting structure, and its natural corrosion and weather resistance reduces maintenance requirements. 

Aluminum alloys are a mixture of aluminum plus one or more metals used to enhance the material for specific properties such as strength, brilliance, or formability. The most common elements used in aluminum alloys are magnesium, manganese, silicon, copper, and zinc.

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