SWITZERLAND – US industrial aluminum company, Novelis has announced the launch of new laminated aluminium surfaces for beverage can ends that will be showcased September 27 to 29 at ALUMINIUM 2022 in Düsseldorf.
This innovative application improves beverage container appearance, increases production process efficiencies and lowers CO2 emissions for European beverage brands and can makers.
As a result, it further advances Novelis’ leadership in the growing market for aluminium beverage packaging.
The new colored coating is applied to aluminium beverage can ends at Novelis’ Göttingen rolled aluminium plant via a process using both pressure and heat.
The laminating film is free of Bisphenol A (BPA) and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and meets all food and beverage industry requirements.
The coating reduces carbon emissions by 33%, compared to the conventional liquid coating, as the lamination process requires less heat and chemicals.
Similar to the conventional can coating, the laminating film is removed as an organic component in the recycling process by thermal pre-treatment and waste heat is reused in the process.
The company’s product innovation supports can makers and beverage brands in reaching their sustainability goals.
Alexander Kuzan, Vice President of Can for Novelis Europe, said in a press release that the new colored aluminium can coating meets a growing need of the food and beverage industry.
“This innovation meets the food and packaging industry’s requirements for high-quality, lower CO2 footprint material,” said Kuzan.
“Together with our customers, we are creating better, more sustainable products and efficient manufacturing processes. Using high levels of recycled aluminium in our products helps reduce the consumption of natural resources, strengthen the circular economy and limit climate change.”
Novelis annually recycles approximately 80 billion used beverage cans worldwide. In Nachterstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, the company operates one of the world’s largest, most technologically advanced aluminium recycling centres.
At the facility, up to 400,000 tons of aluminium scrap is shredded, sorted, thermally decoated, melted, cast and returned to the infinite production cycle each year.
Together, with its partners along the value chain, Novelis is developing innovative, low-carbon aluminium solutions and creating closed-loop recycling systems for production and end-of-life scrap.
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