Bare metal is dull and boring. Thankfully, anodisers in the U.K. used by established companies like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. makes it possible to personalise your metal products and make them come to life. By having your metals anodised, you can have them appear in almost any colour you choose—colours that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and long-lasting.
There has been a steady growth of anodised aluminium consumption all over the world. It is reported that “above all, the transport sector is driving growth, with CO2 reduction targets in Europe and the US accelerating demand for lightweight base materials.” It was also mentioned that the construction and packaging sectors are likewise experiencing significant growth.
The discovery of different kinds of metals has made it possible for people to craft various items from them and use them in daily life. In transportation, for example, sturdy metals form the frameworks and hulls of everything from automobiles to airplanes.
An article posted by Ken Kessler for The Telegraph reports that amphibious marine vessels called Sealegs are now available for civilians to purchase. Apart from their tactical use, such vehicles are said to have practical and long-term use for maritime excursions and the like. These boats are highly durable and highly resistant to corrosion, thanks in large part to its premium, marine-grade anodised aluminium hull.
Considered as one of the most innovative metals in human history, bronze has served numerous civilisations well and helped them build from the ground up into some of the most powerful empires ever to rule. Bronze was highly sought-after in the past as it was much harder than stone and copper—making it an ideal material for crafting weapons, tools, armour, and even building materials.
For all its sturdy splendour, however, bronze isn’t indestructible. Prolonged exposure to the elements can gradually turn its proud finish into an ugly sight and making professional metal polishing a challenge.
As more car brands ride the aluminium bandwagon, a trip down memory lane is in order.
Carroll Shelby was an innovator in the racing industry. Any high-performance car that bears his surname surely has an extra kick compared to the rest. The AC Cobra may as well be the epitome of his work. Why settle for a lighter frame or more powerful engine when you can have the best of both worlds?
The AC Cobra enjoyed just that, housing a monster 4.3-litre Ford V8 engine in its aluminium body. By 1965, however, Shelby upped the ante with a 7.0-litre V8 engine. It was the fastest production car in the world at the time.
After experiencing a slump last year, the aluminium industry can expect good fortunes from here on out. Yahoo Finance reported that a number of aluminium manufacturers, like Norsk Hydro ASA, reported sizable profits in 2014 thanks to an increase in aluminium demand worldwide from various electrical and transportation industries. Demand is expected to grow further by 3 to 4 percent in 2015.
It’s important to note, though, that these industries don’t just look for any type of aluminium. Today, famous electronic brands like the iPhone are gearing towards utilising anodised aluminium from Badger Anodising, and other metal polishing companies in the U.K., in their products. Considering what the anodising process can do to metals, it’s easy to see why many industries are favouring this type of aluminium above all else.
Birmingham, West Midlands (November 13, 2014) – Applying various metal finishing or polishing methods before treatment allows Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. to enhance and extend surface finishing apart from what is already provided by standard sulphuric anodising. In line with this, the company is now offering bead blasting services for clients in Birmingham, West Midlands as well as throughout the United Kingdom.
Bead blasting utilises fine glass beads blasted at high pressure using compressed air in order to clean metals such as aluminium, titanium, and even softer material such as silver and brass. In comparison to traditional blasting methods that use sharp particles, bead blasting does not carry the risk of damaging metal surfaces.