With its excellent metal properties and low specific mass, magnesium is ideal for constructing many products. We have developed the ideal die geometry and determined the appropriate tools and conditions for extruding magnesium. As a result, a lightweight magnesium-coated profile now has the same appearance as an extruded aluminium profile. Magnesium is also stronger and stiffer. To reduce the minimum bending radius and eliminate 'springback', the bending process has been optimised in a number of ways, for example by increasing the bending speed and temperature. The welding process has also been optimised to enable a lightweight magnesium-coated profile to withstand more pressure and support a heavier weight.
To eliminate magnesium corrosion once and for all, a special coating has been developed that completely seals the surface so as to prevent corrosion.
This development has been made possible thanks to the exceptional technologies of partners Mifa, Adex, AHC Benelux and Ceradure.
Read more about the “Materialica Design + Technology Gold Award 2013” on Mifa’s website.