How Minalex Has Helped Window Manufacturers Overcome Supply Chain Issues

Window manufacturing has not always been a core industry served by Minalex like the military, aerospace, healthcare, and LED lighting. Minalex has always specialized in very intricate aluminum extrusions with tight tolerances.

However, when window manufacturers struggled to fill orders because supply chains were backed up and parts were taking too long to arrive from overseas, several manufacturers started contacting Minalex for solutions. Because aluminum is lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant with a superior strength-to-weight ratio, aluminum makes a lot of sense for a wide range of window applications.

Window manufacturers looking for custom parts and prototypes were drawn to Minalex because we are willing and able to produce parts in small supplies with no minimum requirement.

During the last few years, we have become a go-to resource for window brands like Pella for aluminum window frames and parts in all shapes and sizes – square, rectangular, round, and diamond-shaped tubes; corners, fittings, connectors, and spacers; and more custom parts than we can count. We have also been able to offer valued-added finishing operations like precision cutting, CNC machining, deburring, and tumbling.

Although supply chains are showing signs of improvement, gains are modest at best. Given tensions with China, and Ukraine conflict, and the slow flow of goods from other parts of the world as supply catches up with demand, manufacturers in all industries should be looking to shorten and simplify their supply chains by partnering with domestic suppliers.

The bigger takeaway here is that you should never assume Minalex cannot help just because you don’t see your industry listed on our website. There is a good chance we can step up for your company like we have for the window industry. If supply chain issues are making it difficult to fulfill orders or you are just not happy with your suppliers, let’s have a conversation.

You may be surprised by what we can accomplish together.


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Specifications

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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Alloys

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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Capabilities

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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