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Metal Fabrication Facts

Although we absolutely love and thrive on conversations about metal fabrication, we acknowledge that not everyone shares our enthusiasm. However, metal fabrication plays a crucial role in various aspects of our lives, from the buildings we live and work in, to the everyday objects we all utilize. In order to celebrate our industry, we thought it would be fun to share some intriguing metal fabrication facts that you might not be aware of! So,

  • Fabrication is thought to date back to 4000BC, where archaeologist’s have found evidence of the process used to shape and gold and metal jewellery

  • In 1969, two Russian astronauts were the first to experiment with welding in space. Today, welding in space is made possible by portable laser welding torches that do not need a protective gas shield or a vacuum

  • The global metal fabrication industry market size is projected to reach $34.1 billion dollars by 2031. This growth can be attributed to various factors, such as increased construction activities, infrastructure development, and the rising demand for customized metal products across industries

  • 38,800 people are employed in the metal fabrication industry across Australia with only 1% of them being female

  • Metal fabrication is the creation of metal structures by cutting, bending and assembling processes. It is a value-added process involving the creation of machines, parts, and structures from various raw materials

  • About 75% of all elements on the periodic table are metals

  • There are over 90 different types of metals

Next time you're out and about, just doing your regular weekly grocery run or are at the local shops, take a moment to observe your surroundings. You might be surprised to realize how many things around you have been manufactured. From your car to the shopping trolley and baskets, shelving, signs, display stands, counter tops, sanitiser stands or holders, trolleys, and even the fan guards on the roof or lighting enclosures – metal is everywhere you look. It's so common that we often overlook its presence!

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