Aluminium Extrusion Sourcing Flexibility

extrusion components warehouse

ABL specialises in the design, fabrication, finishing and assembly of aluminium extrusions and operates a one stop shop that will help you to save costs and improve lead time & quality. You can benefit from design for manufacture support, logistic services and our large secure warehouse, coupled with other 35 years in supplying a huge range of market sectors based in the UK and around the world.

Optimised mill sourcing

A major benefit of ABL sourcing hundreds of tonnes of aluminium extrusion means that we have the experience and contacts of dealing with aluminium extrusion mills based all around the world. Many of these have specific technical capabilities for certain types of extrusion needs and so we can build on our many years of dealing with these mills to ensure we align your bespoke aluminium extrusion profile requirements with the best raw material supplying mill. ABL is able to source material from Far Eastern extrusion mills to ensure you get the very best value component price.

For many customers we blend purchases of raw material from local aluminium extrusion mills with Far Eastern mills providing the lowest cost supply chain offering whilst also avoiding the excessive stock and working capital costs which can be associated with solely sourcing from the Far East.

Short lead time prototypes

Another advantage of using ABL’s raw material local / global purchasing strategy is that prototypes can be produced in a short lead time and this can be vital as part of the development process – saving much time compared to shipping prototype parts from the Far East and certainly saving the considerable costs of air-freighting aluminium extrusion components.

Some customers have aligned ABL’s UK capabilities with their own Far Eastern sourcing strategy. Fast lead times from ABL means that we can easily support rapid implementation of design modifications without the cost of having a great deal of WIP or material tied up in the supply chain based on old designs – this avoids the expense of parts at an old issue level being transported via sea which, effectively, are obsolete.

Modern machinery

Our investment in modern, efficient machinery will bring you highly repeatable quality products whilst our special purpose machines will produce your high volume components. However because we are extremely flexible, our MOQs for your aluminium extrusion components will be much lower than the MOQs requested by Far Eastern component suppliers, allowing you to reduce your stock levels and working capital costs.

One stop shop

Some of the capabilities we have under one roof include logistics support, assembly, CNC machining, sawing / cutting, deburring, anodizing, powder coating, welding and delivery. We source many hundreds of tonnes of aluminium extrusion and can also provide added-value services to customer’s own raw material (on a free issue basis). This means that we can also be used as an ‘insurance policy’ by customers where they cannot be certain that their own direct supply from the Far East will always be 100% on time or to the required quality.

All in all, ABL has the capabilities and procurement strategy to offer you the very best value service around. Put very simply – allow us to provide you with the most cost effective and well managed supply chain in the UK!