Military Manufacturing Trends Reinforce Need for Reliable, High-Performance Components

Most military equipment parts are unknown to the average person. They do not show up in pictures and you won’t hear about them in news reports. But these components are essential to the performance of military equipment, the success of our armed forces, and the safety of our troops and allies.

That is why we at Minalex take our role as a trusted manufacturer of aluminum extrusions to Department of Defense suppliers and contractors so seriously.

According to a recent Deloitte report on aerospace and defense manufacturing trends, US military operations are moving away from the Middle East to focus on emerging threats in the Far East. As a result, researchers recommend that defense contractors emphasize enhancing capabilities in fighter aircraft, space resilience, shipbuilding, and cybersecurity.

These trends reinforce the need to choose the right materials and the right partner who can provide innovative solutions that meet the moment to overcome today’s unique challenges. Minalex has a long history of manufacturing miniature MIL-SPEC aluminum extrusions for the military including aircraft extrusions and other componentry.

With AS9100, ISO9001 and ITAR certifications, top suppliers, and contractors trust Minalex to provide components made from the finest quality aluminum alloys that are corrosion-resistant and deliver the highest level of performance.

These components are used for a wide range of applications, from holographic weaponry to nuclear submarines to tactical accessories. Regardless of the terrain or weather, our extrusions will hold the line in even the most difficult conditions.

Whether you need standard components in high volume or want to design a prototype from scratch, Minalex can provide the solutions you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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We extrude and supply aluminum profiles up to 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) in diameter. Our aluminum extrusions can have tolerances as tight as +/- 0.001" on one or more dimensions of an extrusion, depending on the shape.

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Minalex alloys are sourced in North America and feature a number of series, including alloy 1100, 3003, 6063, 6463 and 6061.

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Our capabilities include Lbs/Ft <= 1.500, kg/m <= 2.2322; Sections >= 0.003 in, >= 0.076 mm; and circle size, <= 3.500 in. <= 8.890 cm.

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