Sheet is the most widely used format of industrial aluminum, which along with Aluminum plates, can be recycled continuously without the loss of its properties. It is seen in diverse products and applications such as the skins of airplanes, panels for automotive bodies, packaging such as cans and caps, and on building facades. Aluminum sheet material is also commonly used in home appliances and cookware, which are renowned for even their heat distribution and durability.
When Aluminum metal is passed between rolls under pressure, it becomes thinner and longer in the direction of movement. This simple process is the basis for producing aluminum as a sheet, plate, and foil. Aluminum from 0.008 inches to less than 0.25 inches in thickness is considered sheet material, while thinner gauges are considered foil, and Aluminum that is 0.250 inches or thicker is considered plate material. Aluminum sheet is used widely because it can be anodized to hundreds of colors, and be either polished or etched to many finishes.