Aluminum extruders foresee auto challenges

Sep 19, 2013 | 03:55 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  aluminum, Aluminum Extruders Council, Management Conference, Joseph Golec, Pennex Aluminum, Craig Blust, Metro Technologies, George Newton Shapes LLC

CHICAGO — Aluminum extruders looking to benefit from expected growth in the automotive sector will have to grapple with stepped-up standards, possible capacity constraints and new and often-demanding clients, industry executives said.

Challenges range from receiving International Organization for Standardization/Technical Specification certification to handling negotiations with sometimes unrealistic design engineers, they said.

"We’ve got challenges. But they aren’t only external. We’ve got a lot of internal challenges to work through," Joseph Golec, vice president of sales at Wellsville, Pa.-based Pennex Aluminum Co., said Sept. 18 at the Aluminum Extruders Council Management Conference in Chicago. ....

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