Transportation & Automotive

Aluminum is the material of choice when it comes to applications in the transportation industry that require strength, durability, high versatility/workability, and superior finish. The same is true for automakers, as the strength, environmental advantages, and performance benefits of aluminum lead to its increased use in the automotive market. For every type of application, from commercial vehicles and trains to boats and large vessels, Mingtai Aluminum can provide trusted solutions that highlight the advantages of aluminum to enhance fuel efficiency, competitiveness, and sustainability. Mingtai uses its expertise in the transportation and automotive markets combined with the latest technologies to develop tailor-made solutions based on the most advanced customer specifications. Excellent service complements Mingtai’s product portfolio and ensures high rates of customer satisfaction.

Applications and Demands

  • Road

    1) Aluminum Coil Sheet for Refrigerated Truck

    Aluminum alloy is used as semi trailer refrigerator car, one is to reduce self weight of vehicle body, the other is Aluminum is a clean, harmless, environmentally friendly metal, easy to clean, no absorption and smell. The walls of the refrigerated truck is three layer composite material, the upper and lower is aluminum, the middle heat insulating material.

    5052 5083 5454 6061 Aluminum coil sheet for refrigerated truck
    Alloy: 5052 5083 5454 6061
    Temper: O, H32, H34, H36, H38
    Thickness: 0.5mm up to 6mm
    Width: 1000mm up to 2600mm
    Length: 2000mm up to 6000mm

    2) Aluminum Alloy on Dump Trailer
    Dump trailer is used to transport bulk, granular, powdery and other goods. Its body can be made of 5A03, 5A05, 5083 and other aluminum alloys and welded with 5183 aluminum alloy welding rod. The truck body is welded with 3 mm~6 mm thick plates. In order to improve its wear resistance, steel plates are often used as the lining.

    As the carriages are all made of aluminum alloy, which greatly reduces their own quality, they have obvious advantages in energy saving, emission reduction and performance. They are high-end dump trucks that can meet the transportation needs of bulk goods such as coal, grain, sand and mineral products.

    3) Aluminum Alloy in Semi-trailer and Recreational Vehicle
    The semi-trailer and RV made of aluminum have great economic and social benefits. The RV is also a trailer for travel. Reducing the vehicle's own mass is the main reason why aluminum was selected as the basic material for manufacturing. The side plate and inner plate of the semi-trailer body are made of 5052 aluminum alloy with a thickness of 4 mm~5 mm, The thickness of the flange is equal to the thickness of the plate. The butt joint of the aluminum alloy plate is located at the stiffener, while the upper and lower edges of the aluminum alloy plate are supported on the flange of the upper and lower beams of the aluminum profile.

    4) Aluminum Alloy in Livestock Vehicles
    The livestock transport vehicle is prone to premature corrosion and damage due to the corrosion of livestock spray cooling water and livestock excreta. Therefore, the carriage is required to have good anti-corrosion performance. European and American livestock transport vehicles generally use aluminum alloy to make carriages, which generally include aluminum alloy sheet+column and aluminum profile+side wall.

    5) Aluminum in Tank truck

    Compared with ordinary carbon steel and stainless steel tank cars, aluminum alloy tank cars can not only significantly reduce the dead weight of vehicles, improve transportation efficiency, but also extend the service life of tank bodies. 5083, 5454 and 5182 are commonly used tank materials, which can be used to load oil, gasoline, chemicals, cement and other dense materials.

    Tanker body

    Because of its low strength and the low market price of 3003 materials, 3003 is usually used as a tool box door, bottom plate, tank top walkway and other non important strength parts.

    5083 is the most common aluminum magnesium alloy, with good welding performance, corrosion resistance and processing performance, medium strength, and is a more commonly used tank material.

    5454 aluminum alloy plate is an aluminum magnesium alloy suitable for use at high temperatures, which has good strength and corrosion resistance at high temperatures. 5454 (O/H111) has better strength than 5083 (O/H111) aluminum magnesium alloy when the long-term service temperature is above 135 ° C.

    5182 is a special aluminum alloy plate for tank cars. It is a new type of high magnesium alloy developed in recent years for tank car storage and transport of dangerous goods, which meets the requirements of ADR (European Convention on the International Road Transport of Dangerous Goods). The corresponding elongation of 5182 (O/H111) is higher than 5083 (O/H111) and 5454 (O/H111).

    Fuel tanks

    Mingtai supplies sheets & coils for the manufacturing of fuel tanks, used in trucks and other vehicles.

    5083 aluminum sheet is a widely used in the manufacturing of fuel trucker. Its main element is magnesium, which has good welding performance, corrosion resistance and processing performance and medium strength.

    5182 aluminum plate is used for the the latest high-magnesium alloy tanker which was born for the European road dangerous goods transportation agreement in recent years. Its tensile strength and elongation are relatively high. The excellent quality of 5182 alloy plate improves the safety of aluminum alloy tankers.

    5454 aluminium plate is suitable for aluminum-magnesium alloy tankers used under high temperature conditions, with strong corrosion resistance.

    6) Aluminium in buses
    Light-weight, efficient, safe, for every transportation need
    The transportation sector uses aluminum extensively, as it has proven to be a material suitable for diverse uses, meeting needs such as optimization of carrying capacity and fuel consumption, efficiency, safety, and design integration. In this way, lightweight aluminum solutions enable manufacturers to build efficient vehicles without compromising strength or safety.
    Mingtai offers solutions for luggage doors, as well as wide tension leveled coils, for the roofing of buses. Mingtai’s production facility is one of the few plants worldwide that offer wide coils of high-quality tension-leveled material.

  • Rail

    High-quality materials, for high-quality rails
    Rail manufacturers trust aluminum because of its unique characteristics as a lightweight, stable, strong, corrosion-resistant, and recyclable material. For the construction of cargo or passenger trains. Mingtai Aluminum provides high-quality aluminum sheets and plates that allow lower vehicle weights, better fuel efficiency, and higher payloads. Mingtai’s products come in a wide range of alloys and tolerances and can be manufactured according to customer specifications.

  • Shipbuilding

    The hull, hull structure, side plate, bottom plate, outer plate, rib, partition, frame, engine pedestal, control room, bulwark, chimney, porthole, gangway, etc. are made of aluminum alloy plate, and the deck is made of aluminum alloy anti-skid checker plate.

    Aluminum alloy in marine mainly includes 5000 series aluminum-magnesium alloy materials (5083 5083 8383) and 6000 series aluminum-magnesium-silicon alloy materials, aluminum-zinc-magnesium alloy materials (6061 6063 6082). Temper include O, H111, H112, H116, H321, etc.

    ◆ What aluminum alloy material grades are used in different sailing areas for ships?
    a. Civil ships, inland river/lake transportation ships, mainly use 5052, 5754, and 5083 marine aluminum plates.
    b. In the field of offshore ships, coastal ships, and offshore work ships, 5083 and 5086 marine aluminum plates are mainly used.
    c. Ocean-going ships, scientific research, military ships, LNG (liquefied natural gas) ships, cargo ships and other large ships, mainly use 5383, 5086, and 5059 marine aluminum plates.

    ◆ Common dimensions of marine aluminum plate: The thickness of marine aluminum alloy material plate is determined by the hull structure, ship specifications, and use position, etc. From the perspective of the light weight of the hull, a ship should use thin plates as much as possible, but the corrosion depth of the plates during the use time should also be considered.

    ◆ The thickness of marine aluminum plate: Thin plate above 1.6mm and thick plate above 30mm.

    ◆ Width of the marine aluminum plate: In order to reduce the welding seam, large ships often use a 2.0m wide aluminum plate, the length is 6.0m. The super large ship uses a 2.5m wide aluminum plate, and the length is generally 6.0m and 8.0m. There are also shipyard contracts, using some special specification sheets.

  • Automotive structures

    The main components of aluminum alloys for automobiles are body, wheels, chassis, crash beams, floors, power batteries and seats.

    Body sheet metal parts mainly include wings, load floors, bonnets, headliners, door skins and trunk lids.

    ◆ Aluminum for automotive heat exchangers

    Automotive heat exchange systems include air conditioners, radiators, oil coolers, intercoolers and heaters, etc. With the acceleration of the lightweight process of automobiles, aluminum has gradually replaced copper and is widely used in the manufacture of automotive heat exchange system components.

    ◆ Embossed aluminum heat shield plate

    Most of the transmission systems of automobiles have heat shields, and more than 60% of the automobiles have at least one, and as many as five or six.

    ◆ Heat exchange aluminum

    The most aluminum used in cars is the heat exchange system, which is the interior climate control system (HAVA=heater, ventilation and air conditioning). The aluminum content of the heat exchange system of each car is about 15 kg. In fact, radiators, condensers, evaporators and radiator cores are all made of aluminum.

    ◆ Aluminum water tank radiator

    The aluminum water tank radiator is composed of a fluid conduit and cooling fins. The conduit is made of an aluminum alloy cladding coil strip through a high-frequency welding tube machine. The cooling medium passes through the conduit. The conduit and the fins are brazed into a whole to form the main body of the water tank radiator. The radiator is automatically brazed in a high-temperature special furnace at about 600 degrees Celsius. The welding of the pipe and the cooling fins should be firm. Therefore, the quality of the cladding aluminum alloy strip used in the manufacture of conduits has a direct impact on the quality of the water tank radiator.

    ◆ Aluminum for inlays, nameplates, license plates, decoration, car welcome panels

    ● Alloy: 1100, 3002, 5005, 5252, 5457



    ● The surface is smooth and flat, without surface defects;

    ● Corrosion resistance guarantees service life.


    ◆ Aluminum for battery case, battery case cover

    ● Alloy: 3003, 1050, 1060


    ◆ Advantages:

    ● Explosion-proof, high temperature resistance, corrosion resistance and other characteristics;

    ● Good surface properties and stable chemical properties;

    ● Good heat transfer, electrical conductivity and welding performance.

involving cars, trucks, airplanes, Five major industries of shipbuilding and high-speed rail

Involving more than 20 kinds of parts such as fenders, tread plates, welcome pedals, etc.

Processing thickness 2-30mm

Customer service 3000+

involving cars, trucks, airplanes, Five major industries of shipbuilding and high-speed rail

With the rapid development of the automobile, rail transit, and aviation and navigation industries, the lightweight trend of the four major transportation fields has become increasingly clear, and the demand for aluminum in the future will also continue to increase. Henan Mingtai Aluminum can supply 5052 aluminum sheets, 5182 aluminum sheets, and aluminum sheets , 5086 aluminum plate, 5754 aluminum plate, 5052 aluminum plate, 5059 aluminum plate and other products, the product specifications are complete, and can be customized on demand. Mingtai Aluminum is a privately-owned aluminum processing listed company in China. It has a domestic independent research and development (1+4) hot rolling production line. Product performance far exceeds the national standard, reliable quality, rest assured to buy!

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