Apex Aluminum Extrusions Appoints a Vice President of Engineering

Apex Aluminum Extrusions, a premium North American aluminum extruder, announced on July 17th, 2019 that Tony Da Silva, MBA, P.Eng., has been appointed as Vice President, Engineering. Tony’s extensive experience spans more than 20 years in aluminum extrusions and includes all significant specialized areas of the business including die shop, extrusion, coatings, maintenance, and research and development.

“Tony has proven himself to be instrumental in the growth and expansion of aluminum extrusion factories.” Says Bill de Koning, Chief Operating Officer of Apex Aluminum Extrusions, “Tony has successfully implemented capital expansion projects in the tens of millions of dollars: his knowledge, experience in combination with his hands-on capabilities make me very confident that Tony will bring continued success to our team and to our assertive growth objectives.

Tony has led teams in facilities across Latin America, California, Alberta and Ontario in roles ranging from General Manager to Vice President of Operations. He has published and presented papers at the International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar, a prestigious think-tank for aluminum extruders.

Tony Da Silva will report directly to Bill de Koning, Chief Operating Officer of Apex Aluminum Extrusions. Tony’s role will oversee the Maintenance, Production, and Engineering departments.

In Memorium & In Gratitude

Please note that Vitrum Glass Group will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in order to demonstrate our deepest respect and appreciation for the men and women service people who gave their life for our freedom and to all of those that continue to fight for our freedom today. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

At Apex Extrusions we’re very thankful for our clients, colleagues and staff, who continually help us to achieve high quality standards for all of our extrusion products.

Please note that we will be closed Monday, October 8th to allow our team an opportunity to give thanks, but we’re back at it on Tuesday, October 9th.

Wishing everyone a happy, cozy, safe holiday weekend.

2018 Further Price Adjustments

Market volatility hit an all-time high in the aluminum industry in April 2018 when geo-political factors created the greatest impact on access to billet. Following the announcement of US sanctions on the world’s second largest producer of aluminum, Russian company Rusal, the price of aluminum surged. Tariffs on many countries including China, and most recently Canada created additional economic pressure on the price of aluminum. In August, speculation has diminished but so too has worldwide supply.

Over the past several months Apex Aluminum Extrusions has worked tirelessly to collaborate and coordinate with suppliers from all over the globe to try to ensure we can satisfy order capacities and lead times. While we have gained access to additional billet from a truly global network, the price to access the reduced worldwide supply, in addition to the cost to transport, import, and to convert the billet continues to increase.

We are very appreciative of your business and we are sensitive to the fact that an impact on our business means an impact on your business. We write today to respectfully advise that we must, once again, increase our prices in order to offset the cost of our newly expanded supply network and the associated costs. We continue to work on our internal processes and optimization efforts to minimize the impact of the escalating cost of obtaining aluminum from our global supply network. As such, we will be increasing our conversion cost by $0.22/kg ($0.10/lb). For Canadian customers this increase will take effect on all orders received by our office after 4pm on Friday, August 24. For US customers this increase will take effect on all orders received after 4 pm on August 29. Orders placed in advance of this price adjustment must be shipped within current lead times, i.e., current pricing will not apply to advance POs. All orders currently in-house and those received prior to the above cut-off will not be impacted by the increase.

Apex Aluminum Extrusions is working hard to ensure lead times remain stable, however, due to new supply relationships and an overall reduction to the global supply of aluminum, lead times may escalate. Your Apex Sales Representative will keep you apprised of current lead times at the time of your order.

If you have any questions about these price adjustments or lead times please contact your Apex Sales Representative.

Thank you for being a valued customer. We appreciate your continued support.

 

Bill de Koning

Vice President, Apex Aluminum Extrusions

Foam or Cardboard Layer*

Foam or Cardboard is inserted between rows in the bundle to give improved protection during transportation.

Foam Weaving*

Foam sheeting is inter-weaved between each individual extrusion, layer by layer, to provide superior protection from surface rubs & scratches during transit. Foam weaving can be added to any packaging method.

Lumber Support*

For extrusions of a more fragile nature, lumber planks are placed along the top and bottom of the bundle, adding extra support and structure, to ensure protection during transit.

Mill-Finish Bundle Four Sided Wood Strapping*

Wood dunnage is placed on all sides of the bundle, strapped together and repeated at regular intervals along the length of the bundle. The additional support ensures the bundle is fully contained during transport and prevents the possibility of the bundle collapsing. This is one of our most common forms of packaging and works best for structured shapes.

Fully covered Cardboard & Shrink Wrap*

The bundle is fully covered with cardboard, then plastic wrapped to provide protection from debris, handling and inclement weather. This method of packing is only available for anodized bundles.

Corner Board

Cardboard corner protectors are placed between the centre band points and all four corners of the bundle, to provide protection from forklift handling, transport & stacking, as well as protecting the extrusions from any friction caused by the structured wood. This method of packing is only available for anodized bundles.