Aluma Systems designs, manufactures and markets Concrete Forming and Shoring Systems primarily from extruded aluminum components. Since 1972, Aluma Systems has obtained acceptance worldwide with contractors and developers who build poured-in-place concrete structures.
In 2009, the International division of Aluma Systems, Aluma Systems International, launched the new Integrated Forming and Shoring System, Aluma EasySet System. Stemming from the development of the patent of the new EasySet System, Aluma Systems International was awarded various contracts for large government sponsored, low-income housing developments such as Timon Project in Cancun, Mexico and Salvador Project in Salvador, Brazil.
Aluma Systems International has marketed Aluma products overseas to over 50 countries and 2,000 clients. Our company improves the quality and speed of construction all over the world – – Truss components that reduce labour by up to 50% – – deck systems that form concrete slabs economically with impressive speed and efficiency.
Aluma Systems has done more to increase productivity than anyone in the industry. No matter where in the world your company is based, there is one thing you can count on – Aluma Systems will bring you the most reliable and efficient concrete solutions in the industry.
The company’s development of the original Aluma Beam in the early 1970’s led to further exploration of aluminum’s capabilities and applicability in the poured-in-place concrete industry. The result was the development of three distinct systems, utilizing the Aluma Beam as their main component.
- Flying Tables for repetitive slab work
- Ganged Wallforms
- Frame Shoring Systems
The so-called “first generation” of formwork consisted of wood members. Lumber was inexpensive, available and versatile, but had a very limited life. It also required substantial labour input because of its high dead weight and the considerable amount of cutting required.
Steel formwork was the second generation, developed as a result of the rebuilding program in Great Britain and Europe after World War II. Wood was scarce so steel members were developed as the predominant component of formwork until the 1970’s. Steel was strong and had a long life, but had the disadvantages of being heavy, easily corroded, hard to work with, and available only in limited shapes.
In the late 1960’s, the construction volume in Toronto, Canada exceeded $1 billion per year. Construction wages were low. Competition flourished, new contractors entered the market and prices were forced down.
By 1970, wages had doubled, sub-contract labour had unionized and individual productivity declined. Many firms were forced out of business. Nevertheless, the boom continued and the stage was set for the entrance of a new system which promised to cut labour costs in half.
The Next Generation
It was under these circumstances that Aluma came to experiment with different formwork and shoring methods to reduce costs. Wood, steel and combinations of the two were tried. Although advantages were realized, no revolutionary systems were developed.
After long hours of research and design engineering, the first aluminum truss and beam were successfully developed.
Labour savings initially were in the order of 25-30%. As improved methods of application developed, labour savings increased. These savings have since exceeded 50%.
Aluma Systems since the early 1970’s, when it developed the first and original aluminum truss and beam, has been committed to providing innovative products and services that fulfill the expectations of our customers.
Aluma Systems’ commitment to quality and innovation has since allowed us to become a significant multi-national player, with active projects in over 50 countries. This commitment has been recognized with various international awards, the most recent being the 2009 Canadian Construction Association Award for International Business awarded for the international launch of our new technology – Aluma EasySet.
It is recognized today that although the base material employed is of significant importance to the contractor’s end result, even more important is Aluma’s expertise in developing innovative and safe solutions.
- Productivity and Efficiency
The concept is simple, anything that moves can benefit from the use of aluminums high strength and low weight.
Lighter components mean fewer aches, pains and injuries to workers.
Aluminum does not rust, never needs to be painted and its high elasticity resists jobsite damage three times better than steel.
The ease of handling large lightweight elements results in substantial increases in speed of construction and accelerating project completion dates.
Larger formwork elements and more systematized formwork designs result in a finished product far superior to that derived from the use of small handset components.
- Ease of Transportation
All components in Aluma Systems’ product range are mechanically connected and therefore knock down for ease and economy of long distance transport. Weight and volume limitations are balanced, making this equipment most economical to transport.
- Environmentally Friendly
No wasteful use of timber. Aluminum is one of the most recyclable materials in the world.