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  • Introducing the 0.18 mm steel for beverage can

     

  • This article featured in the December 2016 edition of Update
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The Canmaker Summit 2016

2-3 November 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

ArcelorMittal presents the 0.18 mm Steel for Beverage Can and wins Bronze in The Canmaker's Award Sustainability Category

Gold: Ball Aerocan
Impact-extruded aluminium ‘compressed’ 125ml aerosols can for Tesco; PRO Formula For Men

Silver: Ball Aerocan
Impact-extruded aluminium ReAl aerosol can, up to 15% lighter than standard monobloc cans

Bronze: ArcelorMittal, Europe
Drawn & Ironed tinplate beverage can with 0.18 mm lower starting gauge

ArcelorMittal innovation is driven by performance and economics. Thanks to steel’s unique strength and resilience properties, steel cans are getting thinner and lighter while maintaining can integrity.

A 40% weight reduction was achieved in the last 30 years and there is still a 20% potential to be exploited.


A steel beverage can mid-wall thickness can be reduced down to 57 µm (50% thinner than a hair!) without putting at risk the mechanical resistance of the can – no other metallic material is able to reach such a performance. 0.18 mm beverage cans have been successfully produced in our labs and 2017 will be the year for its industrialisation, will be on the market soon!

0.18 mm beverage cans successfully produced


ArcelorMittal R&D expertise provides all the technical support needed for steel solution implementation:

  • More than 20 experts in packaging products and canmaking technologies in Maizières Global R&D center (France)
  • World-class level in finite element simulation
  • Full ability to support downgauging solutions implementation and canmaking productivity optimization
  • Partnership with customers

Lighter cans bring a direct impact in economics preserving performance and quality

Lighter cans bring a positive impact on the planet:  Sustainability is key for any material, but steel being magnetic, is the easiest and most economical material to sort. Each ton of recycled steel saves:

  • 1.5 tonnes of CO2
  • 2 tons of raw material
  • 70% of energy consumption

Stéphane Tondo, ArcelorMittal CMO for Packaging and Energy and president of APEAL, accepting the award

 

Related information

The Canmaker Can of the Year 2016
The Canmaker Summit 2016