A steel can is the green, strong and light solution for packaging in general and for beverage cans in particular. Steel cans are becoming thinner and lighter with our 0.18 mm steel gauge for 18 gram cans foreseen for 2017. This is an impressive reduction of 15% in thickness, after a 40% weight decrease already achieved in the last 30 years, and we are still far from the limit.
More than 20 experts in packaging products and can making technologies work at ArcelorMittal’s Global R&D centre in Maizières (France) where 0.18 mm beverage cans have been successfully produced. These cans will be optimised in 2017 before industrialisation. Strength and resilience are the key properties of steel, allowing us to achieve this ambitious target while keeping the can’s integrity.
Lighter steel cans mean:
- Improving economics of the can
- Preserving performance and quality
- Bringing a positive impact for the planet