Aluminium semi-product manufacturer Constellium has developed a new solution that can be used for developing aerosol containers.
Derived from a specific alloy with the Drawn and Ironed (D&I) technology, the Aeral aluminium solution can reduce weight of the aerosol containers by 30% when compared with traditional impact extruded containers.
The technology is presently also used in the production of beverage cans, and can offer ‘same level of performance in terms of resistance to pressure and great ductility’, Constellium said.
Constellium customer technical support manager Herve Vichery said: "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 innovated by the company through research at its advanced technology centre C-TEC in Voreppe, France.
The firm has carried out production of the new solution at its rolling mill in Neuf-Brisach, France. Constellium uses the mill to manufacture lightweight products, including beverage cans.
Constellium beverage food and personal care sales and marketing director Raphael Thevenin said: "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."
The firm has secured $15m in financing from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) in August for expanding Ravenswood facility in Virginia, US.