Ball Corporation has announced a breakthrough for the use of recycled aluminium in the manufacture of extruded aluminium packaging for aerosols.
The resulting new metal alloy exhibits increased strength and allows light weighting of the container without affecting package integrity. Ball’s technology breakthrough, announced in April, will allow the company to lightweight its extruded aluminium aerosol packaging by as much as 10 per cent, with further light weighting in the future.
Currently, almost all extruded aluminium aerosol packaging is made from virgin aluminium ‘slugs’. These metal disks are impact extruded to produce packaging for aerosol products ranging from body sprays, sun screens, air fresheners and numerous other markets. Ball, the world’s largest producer of aluminium slugs and of recyclable aluminium beverage cans, will use aluminium recycled from Ball’s global beverage can operations to produce the company’s new slugs.
‘Our ReAl brand slugs will improve the carbon footprint of increasingly popular extruded aluminium packaging by enabling us to reduce the amount of metal in the package and further enhance the environmental performance of our company,’ said Raymond J. Seabrook, the company’s chief operating officer, global packaging. ‘This breakthrough comes after months of collaboration between our global metal technology experts and innovation teams, and brings additional value to the supply chain by adding recycled aluminium from our beverage can plants into our slug manufacturing processes and by light weighting our extruded aluminium packaging. We are excited to bring this new solution to our customers around the world in the coming months.’
Ball will begin producing cans made with ReAl slugs initially in Europe, and has applied for patents on its ReAl packaging.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the US government.