Friday, 9 November 2012

News from Ampliform / Alifab

After a long break it is time to update everyone with our latest news.

After a very tough 12 months where we have had to work very hard to make the books balance it looks like the tide may be turning. There have been a wide variety of projects awarded and we are getting our fair share. Our marketing efforts over the period are at last bearing fruit.

Bad news for the aluminium industry is the increase in the price of aluminium announced by all the extruders recently. We have been fortunate though, in that we have not had an increase for quite a while. The increase has however affected our prices but we have tried to limit the increase as much as possible. Please consult our websites or offices for the latest pricing.

The demands of labour after the recent mining unrest have made us all uneasy and we can only hope that the effect it will have on our workforces will not be too inhibiting to our current progress.

On the employee front we welcome Mr Ray Savin to the company. He has joined us in our marketing and sales department as we intend to take full advantage of the coming upswing. We hope Ray has a long and fruitful relationship with the company.

Should you have any projects or products requiring aluminium input give us a call so we can help resolve you needs.

Till later

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Aluminium Frame Marquees

AliFab has reciently completed the sale of two Aluminium Frame Marquees to the Arusha International Conferance Centre in Tanzania. The marquees were required as extra space is required for the expanding central African conferance facility.
For the full story follow this link to the press release

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Not much is generally known about aluminium so here are some interesting facts about the metal. The metal is spelt ‘Aluminum’ in the USA.

·         Aluminium is by far the most common metal on the Earth’s surface. It makes up 8.1% of the Earth’s crust. However Aluminium never occurs naturally in its pure form. In the ground it is combined with other chemicals as minerals in ore rocks. The major source of aluminum is layers of soft ore called bauxite, which is mostly aluminum hydroxide.

·         Aluminium powders were used 5000 years ago for dyeing. Pure aluminum was first made in 1825 by the Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted, Aluminium production was the first industrial process to use hydroelectric power when Paul Heroult set up a plant on the river Rhine in 1887. Each year 21 million tonnes of aluminum are made, mostly from bauxite dug up in Brazil and New Guinea. Aluminium oxide can crystallize into one of the hardest minerals, corundum, which is used to sharpen knives.

·         Aluminium is silver in color when freshly made, but it quickly tarnishes to white in the air. It is very slow to corrode. Aluminium is one of the lightest of all the metals. It weighs just one-third as much as steel. Aluminium melts at 650°C and boils at 2450°C.

·         Although aluminum is common in the ground, it is worth recycling because extracting it from bauxite uses a lot of energy. It only takes 5% of the original amount of energy to recycle aluminium.

Name of Element : Aluminium
Symbol of Element : Al
Atomic Number of Aluminium : 13
Atomic Mass: 26.981539 amu
Melting Point: 660.37 °C - 933.52 °K
Boiling Point: 2467.0 °C - 2740.15 °K
Number of Protons/Electrons in Aluminium : 13
Number of Neutrons in Aluminium : 14
Crystal Structure: Cubic
Density @ 293 K: 2.702 g/cm3
Colour of Aluminium : silvery-white