Alcan and Mercury Castings has announced a joint marketing and manufacturing agreement in principal to globally sell and distribute “Mercalloy”, a patented family of alloys developed for the die cast and permanent mold industries. Among its applications, Mercalloy is found in aluminum propellers and Verado engine drive shaft housings, designed to ensure maximum design life and performance.
"The joint-commercialization of Mercalloy will offer existing Alcan die-casting customers a new high-value product range and application opportunities," said Jean-Francois Laplante, Director, North American Foundry Products, Alcan Primary Metal Group. "Alcan will make, sell and distribute Mercalloy through its existing domestic and global distribution network," he added.
Mercury Castings developed Mercalloy as a low porosity alloy. Mercalloy feeds better during solidification than traditional die cast alloys due to the reduction of iron as well the addition of strontium. In addition, the modified eutectic structure of the low iron alloys provides significant improvements to as-cast and heat-treated ductility.
"Mercalloy exhibits exceptional strength, ductility and part integrity, and through Alcan’s global reach and technical excellence, we will be able to introduce Mercalloy into markets beyond the marine industry, such as automotive, aerospace structural, and agricultural vehicles," said Dave Olson, Mercury Castings General Manager.
Mercury Castings is a part of Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA, Brunswick Corporation own a range of leading marine brands, including Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Teignbridge propellers; MotoTron electronic controls; Albemarle, Arvor, Baja, Bayliner, Bermuda, Boston Whaler, Cabo Yachts, Crestliner, HarrisKayot, Hatteras, Lowe, Lund, Maxum, Meridian, Örnvik, Palmetto, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Savage, Sea Boss, Sea Pro, Sea Ray, Sealine, Triton, Trophy, Uttern and Valiant boats; Attwood marine parts and accessories; Land ‘N’ Sea, Kellogg Marine.