Select Page

Metal Suppliers News

Trumps crazy metal tariffs, Fiat Chrysler innovate with aluminium and other news from our world.

Metal Suppliers News

Trumps crazy metal tariffs, Fiat Chrysler innovate with aluminium and other news from our world.

We’ve got the tiger by the tail – Fiat Chrysler on their cool new aluminium alloy
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have developed a brand new aluminium alloy for engines, and it tolerates much higher levels of heat than anything else available on the market right now. They’ve been working in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the casting suppliers Nemak to create the new alloy, which is designed to allow increased compression ratios in their combustion engines. This, in turn, acts to increase efficiency without reducing performance.

As compression ratios increase, engine temperatures also shoot up. The old-school aluminium alloys used for cylinder heads tend to be 319 and 356 grade, and start to lose their mojo at about 392 degrees Faranheit. The new alloy, however, includes a small amount of copper, which delivers a much higher temperature tolerance. Named 16HT or ACMZ, it can handle temperatures as high as 572° F before it starts to lose strength, which means engineers can reduce the thickness of the metal used between the valves, plugs and fuel injector and enjoy more flexibility in designing engines. At the same time production only costs 7% more, the new material can be cast, and it doesn’t demand new machinery.
The best thing is, when Fiat Chrysler announced they’d be testing copper in search of a new alloy, the motor industry laughed. Now they’re not quite so amused. While the alloy remains experimental for now, with commercial applications a few years off, researchers have already successfully cast a few dozen cylinder heads from the material and are currently testing them.

When will local steel and aluminium suppliers feel Trump’s tariffs?

Trump’s June announcement of a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminium is predicted to cost the US steel industry billions in lost revenue as well as thousands of jobs. Investors are uncertain too, and some analysts say the equity and commodity markets are already seeing a slow-down.
There’s not much sign of US steel and aluminium producers suffering from Trump’s tariffs yet, and exports aren’t falling right now. But it looks like they’re already making inroads into cutting costs, preparing for tricky trading conditions in future. And it also appears that the real financial impact won’t be known for a while, at least until the current crop of export contracts starts to come to an end.

On the other hand reports say that confidence has already dropped dramatically as players face a host of unanswered questions and the trade conflict deepens. A growing supply glut, leading to dumping product, is also steadily getting worse.

Canada strikes back

Canada has fired a shot across Trump’s bow over US steel and aluminium tariffs, announcing a satisfyingly large 10.5 billion Euros’ worth of ‘retaliatory duties’ that’ll stay in place until Trump relents. The move means some US exports will see whopping 10-25% price hikes.
As the Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, the very idea that her nation poses a threat to the USA’s national security – Trump’s reasoning behind the tariffs he has set – “is not only absurd, it’s hurtful.”

The Canadian tariffs came into play on 1st July and will affect a diverse range of popular US products including American coffee, ketchup, whiskey, lawnmowers and playing cards.
Metal markets face total disorder

Trump’s efforts to rebalance the world’s trade scene in his nation’s favour have driven US copper and zinc prices down sharply, and are forcing the price of steel and aluminium up. The chaos is only set to get worse as different nations respond in different ways to the American president’s actions.
All this is starting to affect US manufacturing, and the rest of the world is seeing metal prices on a rollercoaster ride as investors vote with their feet. But worse is to come if, as expected, the US and China kick off an even more acute trade-war involving hundreds of billions of dollars in punitive charges.

You can trust us to keep calm and carry on!

As your trusted aluminium plate suppliers, aluminium sheet suppliers and aluminium extrusion suppliers, we work hard to ensure decent prices and supply levels for our customers. And we’re not going into a blind panic, either. Step this way for good prices, great service, excellent variety and knowledgeable staff.

Please complete the enquiry form located on this page, call +44 (0) 330 223 2653 or email us to discover how Metalex could be supplying you with premium metal products and professional metal processing services.


Metal suppliers UK news digest – Developments in the metals world

Digital innovation helps make the aluminium smelting process more efficient, cheaper, safer and greener. Nissan creates an aluminium-rich, lighter, more efficient car at its Sunderland plant. A bottleneck in Malaysia means the EU and USA face ongoing shortages of...

About aluminium 2014 – Tough enough for aerospace applications

  Aluminium Alloy 2014 is a copper-based alloy with very high strength and excellent machining characteristics at some tempers. Aluminium 2014 is the second most popular alloy in the 2000 series, the most popular being Aluminium 2024 alloy. Aluminium  2014 is...

Metal suppliers news – Prices rally, record-breaking recycling and more

As aluminium suppliers and steel suppliers in the UK, we are fascinated to see how fast our world is changing. Many of the changes are for the better, good for our environment and for the future. Here's the latest metals news, from our world to yours.  Liberty...

About aluminium 2011 – Brilliant machining and poor weldability

  Aluminium 2011 was created to allow great machining at high speeds. Doing so can result in fine chips being produced, but they're easy to remove. Because it comes with such good machining characteristics, it's often used to create very detailed and highly...

The latest news from your favourite metal suppliers UK

As experts in metal supplies we like to keep our fingers on the pulse. This time around there's the usual mix of good and not-so-good news, a blend of brilliant climate innovations on one hand and bad times for the UK steel industry on the other, plus stiff new EU...

About aluminium 6262 – Heat treatable with great corrosion resistance

Aluminium alloy 6262 is a popular heat treatable alloy. It comes with excellent corrosion resistance and it is also very strong. If you're going to do heavy cutting you'll need an oil lubricant, other than that you can easily cut it dry.About aluminium 6262 – Heat...

Metal supplier news – Goodbye coking coal, Cumbria re-think, China gets tough

There's plenty going on in the turbulent world of steel at the moment. As steel suppliers in the UK we're delighted to learn that there's no need for one of the nastiest fossil fuels around, coking coal, to play a role in steel production in future – it's goodbye to...

About Aluminium 7075t6 – Low low weight and high stress resistance

Let's dive deep into the fine detail behind aluminium 7075t6, a popular alloy that comes with a low weight and an unusually high resistance to stress, usually available as plate and round bar. About Aluminium 7075t6 – Low low weight and high stress resistance Let's...

Metalex agromining special – How to farm rare metals

Some developments in the metal supply world are so exciting they deserve their own post. This is one of them. As metal stockists, this one blows our mind! Thank you to New Scientist magazine. Metalex agromining special – How to farm rare metals Some developments in...

About aluminium tooling plate – Cast, rolled and moulded

A fine granular structure sits at the heart of aluminium tooling plate, a popular metal that rolls out of our place in large quantities - pardon the pun!About aluminium tooling plate – Cast, rolled and moulded A fine granular structure sits at the heart of aluminium...

Accreditations & Associations

Aluminium Stockholders Association

Quick Enquiry

  • South East
  • South West
  • London
  • South Wales
  • North Wales
  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Nothing found

0330 223 2653