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The aluminium extrusion alloy that best suits your product

The right aluminium or magnesium alloy for your precision profile; the optimal end product starts with the correct material selection.

Mifa is a specialist in producing precision extrusion profiles of aluminium and magnesium. We have the expertise and experience to select the right alloy for each product. Thus, we supply profiles to various sectors, including industry, aerospace, the medical sector, and mobility. In every market, properties such as material strength and wear resistance are crucial in choosing the right aluminium extrusion alloy. Our experienced engineers are here to assist you.

Co-engineering: we assist you in choosing the right aluminium extrusion alloy

It is essential to consider the properties of different alloy types. This includes factors such as heat resistance, corrosion resistance, mechanical strength, deformability, and weldability. Alloys, composed of various metals and other elements, exhibit different characteristics crucial for their ultimate applications. Therefore, it is crucial that the alloy provides the right properties. Each alloy shows a different level of resistance to external temperatures, humidity, or chemical conditions.

Mifa’s engineers have the expertise and knowledge to advise you on the various types of aluminium and magnesium alloys, enabling us to achieve an optimal product together. Additionally, we combine our expertise in extrusion and metal alloys. We have been successfully applying co-engineering for many years in collaboration with our clients.

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Important factors in choosing an alloy

The key factors in choosing the right alloy are:

  • Heat resistance
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Mechanical strength
  • Ductility
  • Deformability
  • Weldability

The right choice of material, as mentioned earlier, is crucial for achieving the best end results. The alloy significantly influences the quality, durability, and performance of the final product. By selecting the right material at Mifa, we can reduce costs and enhance overall efficiency. Understanding the properties of materials and their application possibilities is of great importance. Each market and each end product may require a different type of alloy. Additionally, Mifa provides aerospace alloys such as 6061, 6082, and 7075.

Our series of aluminium, magnesium, and special alloys

Thanks to our expertise and experience, we can select the right aluminium extrusion alloy for each product. Mifa conducts standard extrusion with the alloys listed below. Other materials are available upon request.

1xxx-serie

This series primarily consists of pure aluminum (Al) with small amounts of other elements. The primary element is aluminum, making up at least 99% of the composition. These alloys are characterized by their excellent corrosion resistance, high thermal and electrical conductivity, good deformability, and low strength.

  • EN AW 1050
  • EN AW 1070

3xxx-serie

These aluminum alloys primarily consist of aluminum (Al) and manganese (Mn). The addition of manganese makes them stronger than the 1xxx series but still highly deformable.

  • EN AW 3033 (Al Mn1Cu)

6xxx-serie

This family refers to a series of aluminum alloys primarily composed of aluminum (Al) and magnesium (Mg), with additional alloying elements such as silicon (Si) and/or copper (Cu). These alloys are commonly referred to as “heat-treatable” or “structural” alloys.

  • EN AW 6005A (Al SiMg(A))
  • EN AW 6060 (Al MgSi)
  • EN AW 6061 (Al Mg1SiCu)
  • EN AW 6063 (Al SiMg(A))
  • EN AW 6082 (Al SiMgMn)

7xxx-serie

This family is primarily used in the aerospace industry and has zinc as its main alloying element. The 7xxx series is also supplemented with smaller amounts of magnesium and copper, making it easily extrudable.

  • EN AW 7020 (Al Zn4,5Mg1)
  • EN AW 7075 (Al Zn5,5MgCu)

Magnesium alloys

The extremely light weight of magnesium, combined with its high strength, makes it a suitable choice as an alternative to aluminum alloys. Due to developments in the last two decades, it has become increasingly feasible to extrude magnesium, considering it can now be regarded as a fully-fledged extrusion product.

Special alloys

  • Alloy 6066
  • Alloy 6463
  • 6061 (20% SiC)
  • Material Matrix Composites
  • Aluminium-Scandium alloys

Whitepaper alloys

Would you like more information about the various alloys, their applications, and uses? Download our free whitepaper here.

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Surface treatment per alloy

Mifa specializes in surface treatments, allowing us to facilitate the entire process in-house. We often see that custom aluminium profiles are regularly provided with a surface treatment to enhance or eliminate specific product properties, such as corrosion resistance. The right treatment is crucial for the intended application.

At Mifa, we offer three types of surface treatments:

  • Anodizing (including GLISSCOAT®, HART-COAT®, technical anodizing);
  • Passivation;
  • Polymer layers (including Tufram®, Lectrofluor, Nedox).
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Sustainability: top of mind

Aluminum has a long lifespan and remains 95% recyclable after use. It requires minimal maintenance, but at Mifa, we go a step further. We continually consider energy consumption, waste management, vitality, safety, and the health of our employees. Specifically, Mifa has achieved the following:

  • Mifa saves 78% emissions with in-house production compared to others.
  • With complete in-house production, Mifa saves a significant amount of CO2, a common ecological culprit: transport.
  • Mifa’s thin-walled profiles result in a material saving of 33%.

Sustainability is a key theme in developing new products. We understand that questions arise about the CO2 emissions associated with the production of aluminum profiles at Mifa. Together with our partners and engineers, we have developed a specialized tool for life cycle analysis (LCA). This tool calculates emissions and demonstrates the positive impact of co-engineering on reducing the CO2 footprint.

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