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Aluminium Tooling Plate

ALPLAN® Aluminium Tooling Plate

Introducing ALPLAN® - an ultra-high precision wrought aluminium speciality plate designed to meet the most stringent requirements for size and shape stability under the most extreme machining whilst minimising through cost.


Internationally recognised grade 5083/AlMg4.5Mn is the basis for the ALPLAN® alloy. The exact composition and processes used in the production process are not disclosed for commercial reasons. The superior wrought production method provides significant technical advantages over cast aluminium plates.


ALPLAN® is a specialised derivative alloy of grade 5083/AlMg4.5Mn, pre-milled on both sides to very close thickness and flatness tolerances.

Typical Applications

Commercial applications for this engineering material include:

  • High precision components
  • Jigs and fixtures, reference plates

We stock ALPLAN® in plate and sheet.

Technical Assistance

Our knowledgeable staff and resident metallurgists will be pleased to assist you further on any technical topic. Smiths Metal Centres Limited also boasts an in-house UKAS Accredited Testing Laboratory which is unique within the multi-metal and plastic stockholding sector. We believe this underlines our total commitment to quality and our ethos of being the complete service provider.

Additional Info

A technical datasheet for ALPLAN® is available in PDF file format. To view and download, please click here.

We offer in-house processing options - for more information, please refer to our processing services.

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