Packaging company Constellium has launched Aeral, a new aluminium solution for aerosols that allows a minimum of 30 per cent weight saving compared to traditional impact extruded containers.
Set to revolutionise the personal care aerosol market, the containers use the Drawn and Ironed (D&I) technology that is currently used for beverage cans and, while achieving weight saving are said to maintain the same level of performance in terms of resistance to pressure and great ductility.
Raphael Thevenin, Sales & Marketing Director, Beverage Food and Personal Care at Constellium, says, “Aeral is a new aluminium solution which, combined with the D&I technology, we expect will radically change the niche aerosol market. Yielding significant weight savings, this combination will dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of aerosol containers.”
Herve Vichery, Customer Technical Support Manager at Constellium continued, “Constellium’s Aeral™ is developed from a specific alloy that can be used efficiently throughout the D&I can making process, including the specific necking operation, while meeting the pressure resistance and aesthetical requirements of cosmetics companies.”
Aeral was created through a combination of research at C-TEC, the company’s technology centre in France, and strong industrial capabilities at Constellium’s rolling mill in Neuf-Brisach, France. The packaging solution also adheres to the company’s commitment to sustainability and the development of lighter and recyclable solutions.
The company is already said to be in discussions with key players in the market.