Aluminium Federation Technical Support, Advice, and Information Services - The Aluminium Federation

ALFED Member Technical Support

ALFED provides its members with a complimentary technical support, advice, and information service – available to all our member subsidiaries and all their employees.

The technical support extends across the entire aluminium industry and all technologies. The support includes alloy specification, alloy selection, recycling, production, heat treatment, manufacturing, fabrication, welding/joining, corrosion and coating.

Help is offered in resolving the more technical and complicated aluminium challenges in design, manufacture, process and in service.

The support service is confidential and members enquiries can be theoretical, anonymous, that is purely problem specific without reference to their customers, or with interaction with members customers end-user.

Support covers all sectors, such as architecture, transport, packaging, consumer goods and electrical engineering.

Support is available by email, telephone or on-site visits.

ALFED Non-Member and Public Technical Support

Non-ALFED member organisations and the public are offered a free 15 minute consultation, please contact our technical specialists using the online form below, giving your contact details and a description of the problem, we will then contact you and arrange to discuss your request.

Please note that after your free consultation period there will be a charge as follows: first hour £100+vat or daily charge of £750+vat plus expenses. We will advise you about this during your free session.

Support covers, such as failure prevention and failure analysis. Support includes advice on failure prevention during design, process and in-service and failure analysis.

Technical Training

ALFED offers specific technical tailored courses including in-house, from apprentice level, through production, quality and sales to engineering graduate, covering production of aluminium, hot and cold processing, product design, fabrication, and little-known topics such as “Creep and Fatigue”.

ALFED Information Database and Legislation

ALFED has access to extensive technical libraries and publications, it also holds copies of many aluminium related British Standards, extracts can be provided to members subject to copyright.

ALFED chairs the British Standards “Light Metals” Committee and is a member of the European Aluminium Standards working group ensuring that members are advised of proposed change and updates on ISO, European and British Standards

The information support base is global in that ALFED has extensive Knowledge Partnerships with sister organisations such as European Aluminium, The Welding Institute, ESTAL, and many Universities.

New Entrants into Aluminium Industry

ALFED works closely with new members entering into the aluminium industry, advising on alloys, supporting process and product development and with specific training.

Heath, Safety and Environmental Support

ALFED works closely with the Health & Safety Executive, UK REACH, The Environment Agency and the Metals Industry Liaison Support Group. Members are warned of legislation changes, activity areas and forthcoming work packages.

Members in the first instance should use the technical support service to raise specific questions on Health, Safety and Environmental issues. Most enquiries can be dealt with directly or will raised anomalously or redirected to the relative bodies.

ALFED also members have free access to the Croner, Employment Law, HR and H&S Business Support helpline. Please contact the ALFED team for more details:


More information: Email: or call: 0330 236 2800.

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