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Ferrier Wire and Design Metals offers a wide variety of wire mesh (weavemesh and weldmesh), perforated metals (design and round hole pattern) and expanded metals for use in a wide variety of industrial, architectural and design applications.  Please contact us to see if we can assist you with your requirements and or would be interested being the subject of a blog post.

Applications Of Brass In The Automotive Sector

June 21, 2022

The automotive industry is one of the primary users of sheet metal, be it textured or otherwise. With factors like weight being an important consideration, most automotive trim manufacturers opt for metals like aluminum and lighter grades of steel. However, the industry also uses brass for myriad purposes, although its use has somewhat diminished over the decades. The metal, which is typically used for ornamentation, interior decoration and musical instruments, might seem like an unlikely candidate for this field. However, the brief history of brass in the automotive sector and its subsequent uses might aid in changing that perception.


Brass and automotive sector.


The Brass Era


In the early 20th century, brass was widely used in the automotive sector, especially in North America. From acting as a robust housing for lights and door handles to radiators and even the main chassis frame, brass was used in all these components. Due to its burnished finish, durability, and resistance to corrosion and heat, brass remained the metal of choice for the industry till 1914, when steel was introduced to the sector. 


Brass In Current Vehicles


Despite the reduction in usage of this metal, it remains an integral part of the automotive sector. Brass is still used to make radiator tubes, cores and tanks, as it is more cost-effective, durable and easy to manufacture when compared to aluminum. Therefore, brass radiators can far outlast aluminum due to their sturdy quality and excellent heat-resistant nature.


Furthermore, due to the aesthetic appeal of the metal, brass plating is also fashionable in cars nowadays, as it also offers durability apart from its polished sheen. Lastly, brass continues to remain popular in this sector due to its easily recyclable nature, making it more economically feasible and sustainable. 


Ferrier Wire Goods Company primarily manufactures wire meshes, as well as perforated and decorative metal panels. For queries, reach out to us today.


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