Trends in metals and finishes: Bigger, greener and more intricate

September 23, 2009

Metals suppliers and finishers are working right alongside glass companies to develop products that meet architects’ ever-growing demands for more expansive glass facades in increasingly complicated designs that offer higher performance. Following are articles from three metals and finishing companies about what they are doing to satisfy these architectural requirements.

Increased extrusion capabilities

Larger extrusions provide design freedom, strength, aesthetics and lower costs

By Guy Charpentier, marketing manager, Bonnell Aluminum, Newnan, Ga.

Eco-friendly anodize

Introducing acid etch to customers and employees

By Tammy Schroeder, national marketing specialist, Linetec, Wausau, Wis.

Curved construction

Factors to consider with curved aluminum extrusions

By Dave Johnson, president, Mid-Am Metal Forming, Rogersville, Mo.