Editorial Magazine 2017/1
DECORMATT, DECORCOAT, ALUDECOR:
Aluminium Superstar at the Aluminium Two Thousand Congress in
Verona next June
If compared to a few decades ago, our metal has made fundamental steps ahead in the architectural, furniture and decorative fields – but not only - : the credit must be equally distributed among extruders, rolling/coil industries, architects and finishers, in other words among who creates the shape and who “dresses” it.
Let’s recall the fact that, until 20 years ago, aluminum was considered an important metal for its qualities of being lightweight and robust, but of scarce aesthetic prestige. Today, in a metaphoric classification between iron and gold, between mechanical endowments and preciousness, aluminium can be classified half way, between usefulness and beauty.
Extrusion and rolling technologies have made great strides in a few years, thus any shape is possible today and a wide variety of functional systems has been created for doors, windows and the architectural world in general. It has also developed rapidly in the fields of transportation (motorcycles, cars, trains, boats and airplanes), furnishings and practically for all the world built by human hands where lightness, beauty and recyclability are essential qualities.
About 20 years ago finishing was again protagonist in the introduction of new styles and in creating new markets for aluminium. I am referring, in particular, to the “wood” and “marble” effect technology. This way the creativity and commitment of a few were attracting new customers for aluminium and incrementing new demand, extremely healthy for our sector and always foreseen in the past, but only in words.
The aluminium windows, which seem to have been forged by an expert carpenter and that reveal a perfect imitation of pine or bay oak wood, simply by touching them, are a reality, not words alone.
The panels simulating marble or perfect granite that already decorate hotels or kitchens are another reality.
Nowadays new advanced technologies are making a revolution in new special effects on anodized and coated aluminium as well. I am talking about the technologies named Aludecor (new effects created on anodized aluminium by means of modern digital machines), Decorcoat (new effects created on coated aluminium by means of laser or mechanical holes creating graphic effects for new walls covering buildings or for other purposes) and Decormatt (innovative treatment for anodized aluminium by means of electrographic design).
These new technologies will contribute to give further added value to aluminium and will increase the use of the metal with obvious benefits for all aluminium producers, finishers, fabricators and distributors.
The next 10th Alumininium Two Thousand Congress in Verona (20-24 June 2017, www.aluminium2000.com) will have among the more than 110 papers, also 3 papers presenting in detail to the audience the above mentioned three new technologies: the expectation is high and their success is already announced, due to the first successful industrial results of the last few months, just before the official presentation.
This is the real demonstration that creativity and technology together can create business and, in our case, a brighter future.
And not for a few people only.
Walter Dalla Barba,
Editor and Chairman of the 10th Aluminium Two Thousand Congress, Verona 2017
Interall Srl, Via G. Marinuzzi 38, 41122 Modena – Italy