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Steel protects food by acting as a barrier to keep out light, oxygen and moisture. It preserves the nutritional quality and flavour of the content, for a period unequalled by other types of packaging.

The essential partner for food packaging

Steel is used in various food sectors:

  • Processed food: Canned fruits and vegetables, canned fish, canned meats and pâtés, convenience meals, baby food, soups and sauces, canned concentrated milk and pet food. 
  • Non-processed food: Powdered products such as coffee and milk, dry products such as crackers, biscuits and peanuts and liquids such as oils and syrups.


Wide range of formats and shapes

Steel cans are made of 3 pieces (a welded body and two ends seamed onto the body) or 2 pieces (a drawn can body and one end seamed onto the body).

Steel cans are all available with common opening systems, including easy-open lids, ring pull with peel-off foil and peel-off foil heat-sealed directly onto the can.

ArcelorMittal has developed state-of-the-art steels specifically designed to improve the experience of opening easy-open lids:

  • Maleis® steel is recommended for sterilization processes without counter pressure
  • Creasteel® is the solution recommended for all other types of sterilization.

As for brand differentiation, Creasteel® is the perfect steel for making eye-catching drawn cans.


Did you know that...

steel can be used in a microwave oven

It has been demonstrated that the use of steel packaging in microwave ovens is totally safe, compared to plastic and also that heating is more
homogeneous in steel trays than in plastic trays.

Get to know more about Steel for microwaveable cans


Learn more about the associations that promote tinned food

UPPIA (Union interprofessionnelle pour la promotion des industries de la conserve appertisée) brings together metal manufacturers, producers of metal packaging and agricultural producers and foodpackers in France to promote tinned food.

Learn more about UPPIA.

CICE (Centre de Informacion de la Conserva Enlatada) promotes tinned food in Spain with the major consumer and catering target groups.

Learn more about CICE

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