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Motoring towards improved efficiencies

Author : Richard Thompson, Alvant

06 October 2021

In placing sustainability at the top of every manufacturer’s agenda, capability needn’t be pushed to one side. Recent advancement in material technology now offers a solution that fulfils not just government legislation but also customer demand.

Richard Thompson, Commercial Director of Alvant, looks at how the new dawn of materials technology is re-shaping the future of manufacturing.

Warnings about climate change are nothing new, but the planet is facing a very real threat that can no longer be ignored. The Government and industry must act now by committing to the circular economy and using materials that do not rely on the Earth’s rapidly depleting, finite resources.

Alvant, as a specialist in AMCs (aluminium matrix composites) – a class of metal matrix composite (MMC) – is working alongside global manufacturers and engineering firms across multiple sectors to enhance product performance and capability, while helping to achieve net zero. Using its own patented process, known as ‘Advanced Liquid Pressure Forming’ (ALPF), Alvant brings together aluminium – a lightweight metal in its own right – with a high-functioning fibre, to create AlXal. This aluminium composite provides an opportunity to reduce component mass significantly, improve performance, and increase the efficiency of the world’s most demanding products. 

Read the full article in DPA's October issue

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