In this paper experimental and numerical analyses of a combined extrusion and drawing process of rods made from 6262 alloy are presented. The main aim of finite element analyses applied in this work was to optimise the combined extrusion and drawing of rods to obtain 35 mm diameter without applying a pointing process prior to deformation. The experimental investigations including tension tests of the 6262 alloy, measurements of the drawing forces in the industrial conditions, and prediction of the friction coefficient by Burghof. The numerical analyses comprise an analysis of contact between the tool and the workpiece to evaluate the frictional coefficient using an inverse approach, a sensitivity analysis of the process with respect to tool geometry and tribological conditions, as well as optimisation of the tool design fora rods of 35 mm diameter. Extrusion defects such as folding due to upsetting effects is also considered and the upper limits for friction is determined.