Indirect press for fine extrusions launched

Eight weeks from the start of the project the new 450tonne aluminium extrusion press was up and running, and that included the construction of the building to house it. Located in the storage yard, the `Kitpac’ building was delivered by lorry and erected by two people and a crane in two and a half weeks.

Unveiled on 16 August by Fred Dibnah, the TV star of steam engine and steeple jack fame, the plant uses the latest technology for the press and materials handling systems, with computer control and unmanned automatic stations.

SECO Aluminium had identified a market for high quality thin-walled sections (down to a unit weight of 0.05kg/m), but needed a 450tonne press that could sustain high performance for very precise extrusions, with rapid low-cost tool changes. In order to achieve the high accuracy required, the company radically converted a direct extrusion press to indirect operation, combining the best virtues of both.

Mr Dibnah is seen above with David Beale, (left) managing director of Seco Aluminium.

During the proceedings, Dr David Harris, the secretary general of the Aluminium Federation, in wishing the company every success, stressed the unfair competition the firm would face in world-wide markets with the extra fuel tax being raised by the Government with its Climate Change Levy.