Teck Cheong Aluminium
  • 1.What is Aluminium?

    Aluminium is a lightweight, malleable and non-ferrous metal. It is also a chemical element with symbol AL and has the atomic number 13. It is often used in industries which require their products to be lightweight, strong, and rust-free (non-ferrous) & non-magnetic. Some of the industries that we supply to would be the architectural, engineering, ship building, external facades, fine arts, marine, offshore, green buildings, solar systems & many others.

  • 2.Who is TC Aluminium?

    We are a Singapore based company that has been operating since 1965 that specialises in aluminium. We specialise in distribution and value adding to our customers flow and processes by using technology and our wide network of supply and distribution to facilitate and add value to our customers main scope of business. Our customer industries range from Building and Construction, Marine, Offshore, Hospitality, Solar and even art installations.

  • 3.Where is Teck Cheong Aluminium located?

    We are a aluminium supplier in Singapore, and our contact details are as follows:

    803 KING GEORGE'S AVENUE, #01-246/248/250
    SINGAPORE 200803
    Under block 807 & Opposite Jalan Besar Stadium.
    5 minutes walking distance from Lavender MRT

    Walking directions:
    Exit B of the MRT Station
    Walk down Horne Road and we are located at the intersection of King George's Avenue and Horne Road

  • 4.Is TC Aluminium the same as Teck Cheong Aluminium?

    Yes, we are the same company. Teck Cheong Aluminium was founded in 1965 and incorporated in 1975. In 2020, we had a change of name and updated our logo to TC Aluminium Pte Ltd in 2020 due to the increasing international awareness. It allowed us to establish a better foreign and local markets as customers were able to identify us more easily. There was no change however to our operations and commitment to our customers.

  • 5.What are your operating hours?

    Our operating hours are:

    Mondays to Fridays: 8am to 5pm
    Saturdays: 8am to 1pm
    Sundays: Closed

  • 6.What aluminium products do you sell?

    We specialise in selling and distributing aluminium extrusions and aluminium sheets and some aluminium accessories.

  • 7.What are aluminium extrusions?

    Aluminium extrusions are aluminium that is shaped by forcing it to flow through a die.

  • 8.Can we customise aluminium sections?

    Yes, definitely. Customised aluminium sections are one of our specialities. Do contact us to find out more details and also provide us with the drawings and needs of your aluminium sections.

  • 9.Do you sell conveyor sections?

    Conveyor Sections, also known as T Slot (T-Slot) sections, aluminium sections, are one of the many items that are sold. They are modular aluminium sections that can be assembled easily with many accessories that can be applied in many purposes.

    Some of the main applications are conveyor sections for production lines, racking and shelving systems for homes, storeroom racking systems & racks and structures that have to be assembled and disassembled quickly. They are also often used for temporary structures, such as housing units for events (e.g. F1, Winter Wonderland @ Garden by the Bay, etc.)

  • 10.What accessories come with your conveyor sections?

    Do send us an enquiry and we will be able to advise you accordingly.

  • 11.How has TC Aluminium encouraged recycling and keeping green to ensure sustainability?

    Aluminium itself is considered a green metal. It can be recycled with about 5%-10% of it's original production cost/energy. It is also almost 95% recyclable and it's recycling process is considered simple compared to the other metals.

    Our operations have also been improved recently over the last few years to be more efficient and environmentally friendly. We not leverage on automated eInvoices and eStatement of accounts to firstly keep up with the digital era. We also leverage on technology to reduce the amount of paper used and keep usage of paper to recyclable/recycled paper and also minimise the use of one use plastics for our transportation and delivery processes.

  • 12.Do you deliver our orders?

    Yes we do!

  • 13.What are your delivery charges?

    We only offer delivery services for orders above S$300.00. Our delivery services are complimentary.

    If the MOQ is not met, fret not! We are able to arrange for delivery services with the many logistics partners that we work with. Their services for a small lorry or van (~10ft) ranges from $80.00 -180.00 per trip per way. The charges varies for the different transports and the amounts given are just a rough idea.

  • 14.What is your lead time for delivery?

    Our lead time for delivery is usually one business day, so if orders placed before a certain time on the day of order, we will usually deliver the goods to your doorstep by the next working day.

    Our delivery team will only deliver to where our lorry is accessible. If our lorry is unable to reach your doorstep, we will only deliver to the ground floor or loading & unloading bay.

    e.g. if your office is on level 2 and our lorry is unable to access directly via a ramp, we will only deliver to the ground floor or loading & unloading bay of the said building) The main reason is we do not have the capacity to carry the items and we have many other delivery schedules to keep to so we do not deliver to doorstep by carrying because that takes up a lot of time depending on the circumstances and landscape of the delivery site. If the order is not in stock, our team will advice you on the lead time for delivery.

Aluminium Properties and FAQ
  • 15.How is Aluminium produced?

    The production of aluminium starts from Bauxite, a sedimentary rock with high aluminium content. The processed alumina is then smelted and made into billets which are then extruded or rolled into its final products.

  • 16.Why should we use aluminium?

    Some of the many benefits of aluminium are it is:

    • Lightweight,
    • Strong yet flexible,
    • Corrosion Resistance,
    • Electrical and Thermal Conductivity,
    • Odourless & Impermeable,
    • Insular
    • Fire Safety (non-combustible)
    • Recyclable

  • 17.What grades of aluminium are there?

    There are many aluminium grades, if you would like to find out more, you can visit the page on our site with more information on aluminium grades.

  • 18.What are the uses of aluminium?

    Our aluminium are supplied to many industries such as building & construction, marine, precision engineering, electronics. Due to its properties, it is often the choice of material as compared to other metals.

  • 19.What are the different finishing and colours of aluminium?

    Our aluminium comes in mainly Mill Finish, Natural Anodised, Bronze Anodised, Black Anodised. Aluminium can be anodised to many other colours depending on the elements it's anodised with.

    Aluminium is usually powder coated to the required colours, and due to the advancement in technology, there are millions of colour combinations that you can achieve if a 'customised' colour is required. Stock colour is also available as well and there are more than hundred stock colours to choose from.

  • 20.What is Mill Finish?

    Mill Finish refers to the natural finish or texture of metal after it exits a rolling mill/extrusion die. It is often characterised as shiny (non-matte). The texture is rough and lacks lustre but is often available for treatment and post processing (powder coat / anodise). Mill Finish may often have spots of oxidation or it might be contaminated with oil during production from the mill.

  • 21.How is Mill Finish different from Anodised / Natural Anodised?

    Mill Finish is the raw finishing that is straight from a Mill and anodising is the process whereby the thickness is increased by a natural oxide layer that is produced by electrolytic passivation (anodising).

  • 22.How is powder coating different from mill finish or anodising?

    Powder coating is spraying on dry paint powder and heat treating the surface as compared to anodising which uses the natural oxide to create a layer around the aluminium.

  • 23.What is powder coating?

    Powder coating is where a layer of dry powder is sprayed and applied electrostatically to the surface of aluminium (or other suitable metals) .Powder coating is usually preferred over anodising due to cost and environmental factors.

    Anodising produces a lot of chemical waste that is tough to treat and dispose, therefore, powder coating is often preferred over anodising. Powder coating contain no volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, therefore they can comply with

  • 24.How many types of powder coatings are there?

    Powder coating can be broken down into 2 main sets, thermosets and thermoplastic.

    In most architectural cases, PVDF is often used due to its plasticity, malleability and durability characteristics.

    Fluorocarbon coating or PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) coating is known for being high performance with exceptional weathering properties, stability, inertness, resistance to fading, chalking and UV.

    In most cases, a blend of PVDF to acrylic (70% to 40%) provides the ideal balance of coating weatherability, hardness, flexibility and clarity.

    By heating the powders to about 160-210 degrees Celcius, the paint melts forming a chemical bond which hardens again when cooled.

    PVDF coating is a subset of thermoplastic coating. Most architectural systems require a 2-coats or 3-coats depending on your needs and requirement of the structure. In most cases where they need more lustrous and glossy finish or higher UV resistance, a 3-coat is usually applied. It all boils down to cost and requirements of the environment the product will be used in.

    Powder coating is a subset of thermosetting. Powder coating is applied to aluminium to give it a protective finishing that increases the of about 10-25 microns. Thermosets are able to withstand higher amounts of heat but they do not allow remoulding of the items, they however also reinforce the structural integrity of the product.

  • 25.Can aluminium be welded?

    Many aluminium alloys can be welded. The 1xxx, 3xxx, 5xxx, 6xxx & 7xxx series aluminium can be welded with fusion welding process such as TIG, MIG, etc.

    Proper filler is required and good control will minimise the risk of hot cracking. Solid state welding processes such as friction stir welding have also been used to join aluminium alloys.

  • 26.What fabrication methods are used for aluminium?

    Aluminium is often rolled or extruded from an ingot or a billet.
    When required, it's usually joined by screws and other forms of fastening.

  • 27.Is aluminium combustible?

    Aluminium does not burn and is therefore classed as a non-combustible construction material. Aluminium alloys will nevertheless melt at around 600- 650°C, but without releasing harmful gases.

  • 28.Can aluminium be recycled?

    Aluminium can be recycled very easily. The process usually involves re-melting the metal which is less expensive and energy-intensive than creating new aluminium from Bauxite. It takes only about 5% of the energy of the energy used to make new aluminium from the raw ore.

  • 29.Are aluminium applications safe for food?

    Treated aluminium poses no health threats that is known to users, but untreated aluminium should not be used with acidic foods.

  • 30.Can aluminium be laser cut?

    Yes, aluminium is often laser cut for precision that grinding and cutting cannot provide.

Aluminium Extrusions
  • 31.What is the difference between the grades of aluminium?

    Aluminium alloys are usually mixed with other metals and elements to affect and vary its different physical attributes. Physical attributes such as formability, workability, weldability, machining, corrosion resistance, heat treating, strength, end use applications etc.

    • Alloy 1100 – Metal Spinning and General Fabrication & Architectural Applications
    • Alloy 2011 – General Machining
    • Alloy 2024 – Aerospace Applications
    • Alloy 3003 – Food & Chemical Equipment & Architectural – General Fabrication
    • Alloy 5052 – Marine Applications – General Fabrication
    • Alloy 6061 – Structural Applications – General Fabrication
    • Alloy 6063 – Architectural Applications
    • Alloy 7075 – Aerospace Applications

  • 32.What is the difference between the temper of aluminium?

    The temper of aluminium is usually denoted by H or T (T6, H112). Tempering is usually known as hardening of alloys by treating the aluminium with heat followed by natural or artificial cooling.

  • 33.What grade of aluminium extrusions are there?

    Our aluminium extrusions which are commonly used 6063, 6061, 6082, 7XXX, etc. and others with a variation of tempers.

Aluminium Sheets
  • 35.What grades of aluminium sheets are there?

    The grades of aluminium sheets that are common are, 1100, 3003, 5052, 5083, 6061, etc and others with a variation of tempers.

  • 36.Can aluminium sheets be cut or bent?

    Aluminium fabrications are often handled by machines but not all grades can be machined and fabricated the same way, depending on the grades, some grades of aluminium sheets can be bent and cut easily where some which have higher strengths are not machinable. Feel free to contact us with your requirements and we would be able to advise you better.